Big data, little wisdom: Trouble brewing? Ethical implications for the information systems discipline

Pauleen, David, Rooney, David and Intezari, Ali (2015) Big data, little wisdom: Trouble brewing? Ethical implications for the information systems discipline. Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective, 4 8: 9-33.

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Author Pauleen, David
Rooney, David
Intezari, Ali
Title Big data, little wisdom: Trouble brewing? Ethical implications for the information systems discipline
Journal name Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective
Publication date 2015-04-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 4
Issue 8
Start page 9
End page 33
Total pages 25
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract How can wisdom and its inherent drive for integration help information systems in the development of practices for responsibly and ethically managing big data, ubiquitous information, and algorithmic knowledge— particularly in their collection, integration, analysis, presentation, and use—and so make the world a better place? We use the recent financial crises to illustrate the perils of an overreliance on and misuse of data, information, and predictive knowledge when global IS are not wisely integrated. Our analysis shows that the global financial crisis was in part caused by a serious lack of integration of information with the larger context of social, cultural, economic, and political dynamics. Integration of all the variables in a global and information hungry industry is exceptionally difficult, and so ‘exceptionality’ of some kind is needed to make sufficient integration happen. Wisdom, we suggest, is the exceptionality needed to lead successful integration. We expect that a wisdom-based shift can lead to more organisationally effective and socially responsible IS.
Keyword Wisdom
Big data
Information
Algoritmic knowledge
Global financial crisis
Critical approaches
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
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