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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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Politics, Big Data and Opacity Respect

Politics, Big Data and Opacity Respect

(p.27) Two Politics, Big Data and Opacity Respect
Big Data and Democracy

Carl Fox

Edinburgh University Press

In his chapter, Fox argues that citizens deserve “opacity respect” in which the state withholds from peering into citizens’ lives to determine their capacities, for good or ill. Governments should assume that we are rational agents, barring certain obvious exceptions such as infants and people who are mentally incapacitated, in the same way that we assume this of each other. To dig deeper, without permission, is to undermine human dignity and that which renders us equal as humans, thereby forming a foundation of the democratic ideology.

Keywords:   Agency, Dignity, Opacity, Rationality, Respect

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