Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Big Data and Democracy$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Kevin Macnish and Jai Galliott

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474463522

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474463522.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM EDINBURGH SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.edinburgh.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Edinburgh University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in ESO for personal use.date: 18 May 2022

Big Data, Consequentialism and Privacy

Big Data, Consequentialism and Privacy

(p.13) One Big Data, Consequentialism and Privacy
Big Data and Democracy

Kieron O’Hara

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter applies a Weberian analysis to developments in big data. O’Hara argues that just as Weber noted a move from the pre-modern to the modern with the advent of bureaucracy, so we are now entering a time of digital modernity. The focus in digital modernity is less the present (what is happening now) as the subjunctive (what could happen), governed by data. This, he argues, gives data a central role in governing for both good and ill.

Keywords:   Bureaucracy, Governance, Digital Modernity, Modernity, Pre-Modernity, Weber

Edinburgh Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.