Big Data is changing our world, and providing us many benefits: better science, better medical care, better prioritization of government expenses, lower costs for business, and the list goes on. But there also are costs associated, with the loss of privacy being perhaps the one most discussed.
Like many technologists, I have long considered technology to be neutral, with possible uses of this technology being good or bad. Given the huge impact our work product is having on society today, I find myself no longer able to divorce myself from its impact. It is crucial that data scientists act ethically. As a prerequisite, we need to have a shared ethical framework. This website aims to provide a forum for discussing responsible and ethical use of data science, beginning with my own ruminations on the topic.
HV Jagadish is the Bernard A. Galler Collegiate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan and Distinguished Scientist at the Michigan Institute for Data Science. His works spans many aspects of big data and data science. He has a more technical academic web page.