Big data surveillance: introduction

Andrejevic, Mark and Gates, Kelly (2014) Big data surveillance: introduction. Surveillance and Society, 12 2: 185-196.

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Author Andrejevic, Mark
Gates, Kelly
Title Big data surveillance: introduction
Journal name Surveillance and Society   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1477-7487
Publication date 2014-01-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Editorial
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Volume 12
Issue 2
Start page 185
End page 196
Total pages 12
Place of publication Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Publisher Surveillance Studies Network
Language eng
Subject 3311 Safety Research
3322 Urban Studies
Abstract If conventional definitions of surveillance emphasize its systematic and targeted character (the notion that there is a specific "object" of surveillance), both aspects undergo some significant modifications when the goal is, generally speaking, to capture as much data as possible about everything, all the time, and hold on to it forever. [...]the ambitious scope of such surveillance raises a host of important issues associated with the infrastructure for collecting and storing huge amounts of data as well as the techniques and technologies for putting it to use. What is significant about the big data moment is not simply that it has become possible to store quantities of data that are impossible for any individual to comprehend (The Library of Alexandria did that, as does the night sky, and the human brain), but the fact that this data can be put to use in novel ways-for assessing disease distributions, tracking business trends, mapping crime patterns, analysing web traffic, and predicting everything from the weather to the behavior of the financial markets, to name but a few examples.
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