Why we need a sociology of big data

Knowledge is power. So when we tick ‘yes’ on the terms and conditions and volunteer information about the minuscule details of our online lives, what are we actually giving corporations the power to do?

The invisible processes of big data collection are starting to seep out into our offline lives. It’s changing everything from healthcare to criminal justice. This episode features a conversation with two researchers calling for a sociology of data. We need to take a closer look at the social consequences of big data collection, and question why it’s often shrouded in secrecy.

Producer/Presenter: Cheyne Anderson


Jo Travaglia, University of Technology Sydney

Hamish Robertson, University of New South Wales

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