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Readings in Big Data Ethics

Increasingly, we hear the term “big data ethics”—often in articles that highlight various ways in which current big-data-related practices (collection, analysis, sharing, selling, use for predictive purposes, etc.) are problematic. Below is a collection of readings that address those issues (most recently updated on 3/31/2017: one new selection now appears at the end of the list). While it is by no means exhaustive, we hope it will provide a useful starting point for conversations about big data ethics.
 
If you would like to suggest further additions to this list, please email them to ethics@scu.edu, or tweet them to @IEthics. Thank you!
 
What's Up With Big Data Ethics?
By Jonathan H. King and Neil M. Richards
 
What Big Data Needs: A Code of Ethical Practices
By Jeffrey F. Rayport
 
Big Data Is Our Generation’s Civil Rights Issue, and We Don’t Know It
By Alistair Croll
 
Injustice In, Injustice Out: Social Privilege in the Creation of Data
By Jeffrey Alan Johnson
 
Big Data and Its Exclusions
By Jonas Lerman
 
Big Data Are Made by (And Not Just a Resource for) Social Science and Policy-Making
By Solon Barocas
 
Big Data, Big Questions: Metaphors of Big Data
By Cornelius Puschmann and Jean Burgess
 
View from Nowhere: On the cultural ideology of big data
By Nathan Jurgenson
 
Big Data, Small Politics [podcast]
By Evgeny Morozov
 
The Hidden Biases in Big Data
By Kate Crawford
 
The Anxieties of Big Data
By Kate Crawford
 
How Big Data Is Unfair
By Moritz Hardt
 
Unfair! Or Is It? Big Data and the FTC’s Unfairness Jurisdiction
By Dennis Hirsch
 
How Big Data Can be Used to Fight Unfair Hiring Practices
By Dustin Volz
 
Big Data’s Disparate Impact
By Solon Barocas and Andrew D. Selbst
 
Big Data and the Underground Railroad
By Alvaro M. Bedoya
 
Punished for Being Poor: The Problem with Using Big Data in the Justice System
By Jessica Pishko
 
The Ethics of Big Data in Higher Education
By Jeffrey Alan Johnson
 
The Chilling Implications of Democratizing Big Data
By Woodrow Harzog and Evan Selinger
 
Big Data: Seizing Opportunities, Preserving Values [White House Report]
By John Podesta et al
 
Data and Discrimination: Collected Essays
Edited by Seeta Pena Gangadharan with Virginia Eubanks and Solon Barocas
 
Emerging Responsible Data Questions for Human Rights and Human Security
By Mark Latonero
 
The Ethical Risks of Detecting Disease Outbreaks With Big Data
By Michael White
 
Framing the Big Data Ethics Debate for the Military
By Karl F. Schneider, David S. Lyle, and Francis X. Murphy
 
Ten Simple Rules for Responsible Big Data Research
By Matthew Zook, Solon Barocas, danah boyd, Kate Crawford, Emily Keller, Seeta Peña Gangadharan, Alyssa Goodman, Rachelle Hollander, Barbara A. Koenig, Jacob Metcalf, Arvind Narayanan, Alondra Nelson, and Frank Pasquale
 
 
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