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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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Beyond the Concept of Anonymity: What is Really at Stake?

Beyond the Concept of Anonymity: What is Really at Stake?

(p.201) Thirteen Beyond the Concept of Anonymity: What is Really at Stake?
Big Data and Democracy

Björn Lundgren

Edinburgh University Press

Lundgren looks at the meaning and role of anonymity, which is often threatened when data sets are agglomerated in big data practices, leading to de-anonymisation. He argues that there are a number of key values threatened by the de-anonymisation, but that the concept of anonymity is not sufficient given what is really at stake. Instead he holds that what is really under threat is our ability to be anonymous, which he characterises as a reasonable control over what we communicate.

Keywords:   Anonymity, Control, Communication, De-anonymisation, Surveillance, Values

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