Is Big Data Spreading Inequality?

Author: New York Times, Published on: 7 August 2014

[Excerpt] Social media companies depend on selling information about their users’ clicks and purchases to data brokers who match ads to the most receptive individuals. But the Federal Trade Commission and the White House have called for legislation that would inform consumers about the data collected and sold to companies, warning of analytics that have “the potential to eclipse longstanding civil rights protections.” Does the collection of data by companies threaten consumers’ civil rights? [Seeta Peña Gangadharan, Open Technology Institute says in her commentary: "The rise of commercial data profiling is exacerbating existing inequities in society and could turn de facto discrimination into a high-tech enterprise".  Also, commentaries by: Christopher Wolf, Future of Privacy Forum; Danielle Keats Citron, Author, "Hate Crimes in Cyberspace"; Maurice Mitchell, community organizer; Solon Barocas, Princeton and Andrew Selbst, Public Citizen; Jake Rosenberg, LendUp]

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