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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

A205: Big Data Meets Algorithmic Accountability: Understanding the New Activism

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Terence Huwe, Library Director (Emeritus), Institute for Research on Labor & Employment, University of California, USA

Big Data has made the big time, and data-driven decision- making is the order of the day. By now, all knowledge workers realize that Big Data is changing the rules of their fields—and fast. No one can afford to be complacent during such times, and we are seeing new signs of activism in response to Big Data’s impact. Huwe surveys the highly motivated reactions of professionals who are “pushing-back” against the “meme” of Big Data with one of their own: “Algorithmic Accountability.” Drawing on the experience of journalists, attorneys, humanities scholars, and medical professionals, he describes how experts are reestablishing a healthy balance between human analysis and machine learning. He concludes by challenging info pros to adopt new strategies that interpret Big Data’s potential, and to take leadership with our own data-driven initiatives.

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