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Social Physics: Uncovering Human Behaviour from Communication

In the post year 2000 era the technologies that facilitate human communication have rapidly multiplied. While the adoption of these technologies has hugely impacted the behaviour and sociality of people, specifically in urban but also in rural environments, their “digital … Continue reading

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Algorithms aren’t enough: why the Human Perspective is essential to Big Data

What if the scientific method were no longer necessary? A bold statement, but one that Wired’s Chris Anderson posits in his 2008 article, extolling the virtues of “Big Data.” Looping back to Anderson’s original premise on the ascendency of Big … Continue reading

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Big Data and Society – Possibilities and Dangers

American data scientist Alex Pentland discusses how data streams can be used to determine the laws of human interaction.  He argues the information can be used to help forge better societies. Big Data is to the study of social behavior … Continue reading

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Big Data for Social Innovation

Nonprofits and other social change organizations are lagging their counterparts in the scientific and business communities in collecting and analyzing the vast amounts of data that are being generated by digital technology. Four steps need to be taken to improve … Continue reading

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Why I Don’t Want To Live In Dataland

Dataland — a place where your activities are tracked 24/7 — is almost upon us, say some researchers. Popular myths stress the advantages of a data-driven society, but there’s a dark side. In Dataland, we’re tracked 24/7. What we eat, … Continue reading

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Private traits and attributes are predictable from digital records of human behavior

We show that easily accessible digital records of behavior, Facebook Likes, can be used to automatically and accurately predict a range of highly sensitive personal attributes including: sexual orientation, ethnicity, religious and political views, personality traits, intelligence, happiness, use of … Continue reading

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Big Data, Global Development, and Complex Systems

Petabytes of data about human movements, transactions, and communication patterns are continuously being generated by everyday technologies such as mobile phones and credit cards. In collaboration with the mobile phone, internet, and credit card industries, Eagle and colleagues are aggregating … Continue reading

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