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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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The Technics of a Gnostic World: an Ontogeny of Big Data

The Technics of a Gnostic World: an Ontogeny of Big Data

(p.137) Nine The Technics of a Gnostic World: an Ontogeny of Big Data
Big Data and Democracy

John MacWillie

Edinburgh University Press

MacWillie’s chapter develops an ontological understanding of the infrastructure underlying big data applications through an historical overview of developments in information communications technology since the 1950s. This leads him to conclude that big data is a fundamentally new object in the world, bringing with it key issues of richness and complexity in computer networks.

Keywords:   Complexity, Data Analytics, Infrastructure, Networks, Ontology

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