Syllabus - Social Implications of Big Data

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General Objectives

The social implications of big data can be considered as being beneficial or challenging to a variety of stakeholders. Business entities continually strive toward using big data for services planning and dimensioning, while government agencies seek open data initiatives that unlock the potential of big citizen datasets encouraging businesses to continually innovate. 

Big data innovations should be applied and deployed responsibly by: respecting consumer data rights including privacy and security by design principles; creating robust data governance models that bring into question how and why certain data is collected and archived; and finally, looking at the potential effects of big data on society at large.

This class is organized around the interrogation of open big data sets across vertical sectors, within a contextual legal framework, namely, the General Data Protection Regulation. It challenges current and future business professionals to develop nuanced approaches and frameworks to the management and use of big data commons toward solving real world problems.

Course Intended Learning Outcomes

CILO 1: Describe the social implications of big data using real-world cases

CILO 2: Analyse open big datasets in diverse vertical sectors with an ability to identify privacy and security issues

CILO 3: Apply legal frameworks, like the GDPR, in the context of big data applications in business and government

CILO 4: Create nuanced frameworks and approaches for the management of big data commons for social good

CILO 5: Identify the impact of emerging technologies on big data governance to minimise risks and maximise benefits

Course Contents

The class made up of five chapters.

1.      Concepts in the social implications of technology

2.      Privacy and security by design principles in the construction of big datasets and systems

3.      The General Data Protection Regulation and its application to big data for business professionals

4.      Big data commons for the social goal, incorporating sustainable development goals

5. Big data governance and the roles and responsibilities of data stewards