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Data Action: Using Data for Public Good

 Author: Sarah Williams  Category: Big Data, Ethics, Public Policy  Publisher: ‎ The MIT Press  Published: 2021  ISBN: 978-0262044196  Pages: 312  Buy/Download

Big data can be used for good–from tracking disease to exposing human rights violations–and for bad–implementing surveillance and control. Data inevitably represents the ideologies of those who control its use; data analytics and algorithms too often exclude women, the poor, and ethnic groups. In Data Action, Sarah Williams provides a guide for working with data in more ethical and responsible ways. Too often data has been used–and manipulated–to make policy decisions without much stakeholder input. Williams outlines a method that emphasizes collaboration among data scientists, policy experts, data designers, and the public. This approach creates trust and co-ownership in the data by opening the process to those who know the issues best.