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The value of data

How can we manage and capitalise on the growing amounts of data that today’s connected cities, devices and people are producing?

A century ago it was the new means of mass production that fashioned mass society in its image. Today, surveillance capitalism offers a new template for our future: the machine hive in which our freedom is forfeit to perfect knowledge administered for others’ profit.

Shoshana Zuboff
The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

Big Data gives us a chance to view society in all its complexity, through the millions of networks of person-to-person exchanges. If we had a ‘god’s eye,’ an all seeing view, then we could potentially arrive at a true understanding of how society works and take steps to fix our problems.

Alex Pentland
Social Physics

Data is the fabric of the modern world: just like we walk down pavements, so we trace routes through data, and build knowledge and products out of it.

Dr Ben Goldacre OBE
Chair of the NHS HealthTech Advisory Board

Sarah Jeong
Sarah Jeong, author of The Internet of Garbage

Artificial intelligence is just a new tool, one that can be used for good and for bad purposes and one that comes with new dangers and downsides. Although machine learning has huge potential, data sets with ingrained biases will produce biased results – garbage in, garbage out.

Sarah Jeong
The Internet of Garbage

Commuters in Japan
Better connected? How we use data is crucial: "I am disturbed by how states abuse laws on internet access" – Ban Ki-Moon, former UN Secretary General

90% of the data in the world has been created in the last two years, and it is projected to increase by 40% annually.

Big Data for Sustainable Development
United Nations