Ethics of Big Data: Balancing Risk and Innovation by Kord DavisEthics of Big Data: Balancing Risk and Innovation by Kord Davis

Ethics of Big Data: Balancing Risk and Innovation

byKord Davis, Doug Patterson

Paperback | October 1, 2012

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What are your organization’s policies for generating and using huge datasets full of personal information? This book examines ethical questions raised by the big data phenomenon, and explains why enterprises need to reconsider business decisions concerning privacy and identity. Authors Kord Davis and Doug Patterson provide methods and techniques to help your business engage in a transparent and productive ethical inquiry into your current data practices.

Both individuals and organizations have legitimate interests in understanding how data is handled. Your use of data can directly affect brand quality and revenue—as Target, Apple, Netflix, and dozens of other companies have discovered. With this book, you’ll learn how to align your actions with explicit company values and preserve the trust of customers, partners, and stakeholders.

  • Review your data-handling practices and examine whether they reflect core organizational values
  • Express coherent and consistent positions on your organization’s use of big data
  • Define tactical plans to close gaps between values and practices—and discover how to maintain alignment as conditions change over time
  • Maintain a balance between the benefits of innovation and the risks of unintended consequences
Kord Davis is a former Principal Consultant with Cap Gemini and has spent nearly 20 years providing business strategy, analysis, and technical consulting to over 100 organizations of all sizes including: Autotask, Microsoft, Intel, Sisters of Mercy Healthcare, Nike, Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), Northwest Energy Alliance (NEEA...
Title:Ethics of Big Data: Balancing Risk and InnovationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:82 pages, 9.19 × 7 × 0.17 inPublished:October 1, 2012Publisher:O'Reilly MediaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1449311792

ISBN - 13:9781449311797

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well written, thought provoking and a great read One of the interesting topics of Big Data is what an organization will do with it. That topic is nicely handled in Ethics of Big Data by Kord Davis (@KordIndex) and Doug Patterson (@dep923). O’Reilly Press has come to us with some great content with this book. There is a very careful balance with the use, management and protection of Big Data which is quickly moving to the fore in a lot of companies. The audience is wide for this book, and the writing is well paced with some great examples given. It is a great framework for understanding the impact of Big Data, privacy, ethics and how to build a plan to define your organization’s use of it. I would definitely recommend this for business analysts, IT management and anyone in the consulting side because it provides a great high-level view. While we may not be directly involved in this type of data handling at the moment, it is a key skill to understand the potential impact.
Date published: 2012-12-02

Table of Contents

Preface; Conventions Used in This Book; Using Code Examples; Safari® Books Online; How to Contact Us; Acknowledgments; Chapter 1: Big Data, Big Impact; 1.1 Why Big Data?; 1.2 What Is Big Data Forcing?; 1.3 Big Data Is Ethically Neutral; 1.4 Don't Tell Me What to Do; 1.5 Important Concepts and Terms; Chapter 2: Values and Actions; 2.1 Articulating Your Values; 2.2 Turning Values into Actions; 2.3 Ethical Decision Points; Chapter 3: Current Practices; 3.1 Findings Summary; Chapter 4: Aligning Values and Actions; 4.1 Methods and Tools; 4.2 Alignment Methodology Framework;