Thursday, October 25, 2012

Book Review: Ethics of Big Data



Book Review:  Ethics of Big Data by Kord Davis and Doug Patterson: Publisher- O'Reilly: ISBN- 13: 978-1449311797


Ethics of Big Data is one of the rare books which bring up question of ethics in business to engineering level.

Though book title is confusing, it should be something like “Ethics of Personal Data” to characterize its content more accurately and ethically. It seems author wanted to ride on Big Data wave.

Book covers ethical question from four dimensions:

  1. Privacy,
  2. Identity,
  3. Ownership, and
  4. Reputation

in a very comprehensive manner.  Author misses one vital dimension – Public/Social Good. Though I am trained in philosophy but I find any ethical discussion which is devoured of social/public good vey hollow.

Kord tracks the ethical question in very smart way and avoids being prescriptive but advice on periphery so business specific solutions can be devised and implemented.

Disclaimer: I did not get paid to review this book, and I do not stand to gain anything if you buy the book. I got electronic format of book from publisher for review.


One can get more information about book and related topics from:

  1. Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Ethics-Big-Data-Balancing-Innovation/dp/1449311792
  2. Publisher -- Oreilly http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920021872.do
Another Review: http://beajumarang.wordpress.com/2012/10/18/review-ethics-of-big-data

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