The Amazing Potential and Dark Side of Big Data

December 15, 2016

Big data can be used by social scientists to study a variety of phenomena. Cell phone data can inform us about mobility and interaction patterns. Article citations can be measured throughout the career of successful scientists to ask what drives success. However, corporations and governments can also use big data to further their agenda, not always in line with societal goals. We illustrate informative applications of big data and discuss ethical considerations to stay clear of the "dark side."


Roberta Sinatra on "Understanding performance and success with big data"

The university-wide seminar on "The Amazing Potential and Dark Side of Big Data" took place on December 7, 2016 at CEU.

The speakers were:
János Kertész, Professor at the Center for Network Science -- Human Behavior from Big Data --
Chrys Margaritidis, Dean of Students-- Big Data, Big Brother, Big Challenges: The Ethical Side of Big Data --
Roberta Sinatra, Assistant Professor at the Department of Mathematics and Its Applications and at the Center for Network Science -- Understanding performance and success with big data --

Chair and Discussant:
Miklós Koren, Professor at the Department of Economics.

The seminar was introduced by Liviu Matei, CEU’s Provost and Pro-Rector.


János Kertész on the insights we can gain from mobile phone use

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Watch the video of the event.

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