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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 Big Data Paradox and Its Importance to Strategy and Military Systems Development

The Big Data Paradox and Its Importance to Strategy and Military Systems Development

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(p.182) Twelve The Big Data Paradox and Its Importance to Strategy and Military Systems Development
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Big Data and Democracy
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Tim McFarland

Jai Galliott

Massimiliano Cappuccio

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474463522.003.0013

In this chapter, Mcfarland, Galliott and Cappuccio consider the use of big data in military contexts. They draw on three paradoxes to examine particular challenges facing the military. These are the transparency paradox, the need for the collection and use of data to be as transparent as possible while being collected and used for national security or military purposes which themselves require secrecy; the identity paradox, which recognizes that while big data reflects the identity and behaviour of those whose data is used, so too can it be used to alter those identities and behaviours; and the power paradox, highlighting the increased power gained through big data coupled with the risks of using those data in a largely unregulated environment.

Keywords:   Identity, Military, Power, Secrecy, Security, Transparency

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