The Human Face of Big Data
September 16, 2016 - The university has licensed streaming on-campus access to the
documentary The Human Face of Big Data.
"With the rapid emergence of digital devices, an unstoppable, invisible force is changing
human lives in ways from the microscopic to the gargantuan: Big Data, a word that
was barely used a few years ago but now governs the day for many of us from the moment
we awaken to the extinguishing of the final late-evening light bulb. This massive
gathering and analyzing of data in real time is allowing us to not only address some
of humanity biggest challenges but is also helping create a new kind of planetary
nervous system. Yet as Edward Snowden and the release of the Prism documents have
shown, the accessibility of all these data comes at a steep price. The Human Face
of Big Data captures the promise and peril of this extraordinary knowledge revolution."