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September 11, 2013


Bud Byrd

Is America, the world ready for “big data”? If the recent events playing out over the NSA disclosures is an example of readiness. We have failed the test.

I realize that the science of big data collection and analysis is a complex one in and of itself. But the profession, the use of enabling technology to collect, peruse and analyze the data will be inhibited if not dealt a death blow unless and until the ethics, the legality, the privacy issues are on the table, debated and resolved. I have little doubt that we can build the technologies, that we can learn and teach the skills required of the science, and the data scientist, but will we be able to satisfy the legitimate privacy concerns of a skeptical public? The jury is out on these thorny issues.

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