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Big Data and Democracy$
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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

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Big Data, Consequentialism and Privacy

Big Data, Consequentialism and Privacy

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Big Data and Democracy
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Kieron O’Hara

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474463522.003.0002

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

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