Potential and Challenges of Big Data for Public Policy-Making (IPP 2012 Plenary Panel)

Professor Lance Bennett, Theo Bertram, Professor Helen Margetts, Dr Patrick McSharry, Dr Victoria Nash

Duration: 01:00:14

Recorded: 21 September 2012


This is the opening plenary panel of the conference Internet, Politics, Policy 2012: Big Data, Big Challenges? organised by the OII-edited journal Policy and Internet (Oxford, 20-21 September 2012). The panellists discuss the potential and challenges of big data for public policy-making.

Big data offers enormous scope for understanding societal behaviour and citizens' willingness - or unwillingness - in terms of civic engagement. It can allow the design of efficient and realistic policy and administrative change. Also, however, it brings ethical challenges, for example when big data is used for probabilistic policy-making, raising issues of justice, equity and privacy. And big data generation and analysis requires expertise and skills which can challenge governmental organizations in particular, given their dubious record on the guardianship of large scale datasets, the management of large technology-based projects, and capacity to innovate.

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