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This course is offered through Worldview Stanford. Worldview Stanford is an innovative Stanford University initiative that creates interdisciplinary learning experiences for professionals to prepare them for the strategic challenges ahead.
What's driving big data? We increasingly live our social, economic, and intellectual lives in the digital realm, enabled by new tools and technologies. These activities generate massive data sets, which in turn refine the tools. How will this co-evolution of technology and data reshape society more broadly?
Creating new knowledge and value: Big data changes what can be known about the world, transforming science, industries, and culture in the process. It reveals solutions to social problems and allows products and services to be even more targeted. Where will big data create the greatest sources of new understanding and new value?
Shifting power, security, and privacy: The promise of big data is accompanied by perils—in terms of control, privacy, security, reputation, and social and economic disruption. How will we manage these tradeoffs individually and in business, government, and civil society?
Learn from a variety of sources and Stanford experts, including:
Lucy Bernholz, philanthropy, technology, and policy scholar at the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society
Sharad Goel, computational scientist studying politics, media, and social networks
Jennifer Granick, attorney and director of Civil Liberties at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society
Michal Kosinsk, psychologist and computational scientist studying online and organizational behavior at Stanford Graduate School of Business
Margaret Levi, political scientist specializing in governance, trust, and legitimacy
John Mitchell, computer scientist, cybersecurity expert, and Vice Provost of Teaching and Learning