Big data will be one of the dominant issues of the next few years. But what is the significance of working with huge amounts of data and what are the potential risks?
In spring, we invited data expert Professor Viktor Mayer-Schönberger to talk about this topic. The discussion centred on a consideration of the wide-ranging consequences of big data. The fact that linking data allows for much more accurate forecasts, and the challenges in relation to data protection and personal privacy were also covered.
Viktor Mayer-Schönberger is one of Europe’s leading authorities on data protection. He was formerly a professor at Harvard Kennedy School and currently works at the Oxford Internet Institute. He is a legal expert, and also advises companies, governments and international organisations. Together with Kenneth Cukier, a journalist at The Economist, Mayer-Schönberger recently published a book entitled Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work and Think.