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Behind and Beyond Big Data

Worldview Stanford
Accepting Applications:
January 1, 2015 - September 21, 2015
Course Starts Online:
September 21, 2015

Fee and Application.

This course is offered through Worldview Stanford. Worldview Stanford is an innovative Stanford University initiative that creates learning experiences for professionals to help them get smarter about the complex issues and dynamics shaping the future.

Course Description

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 value: Big data changes what can be known about the world, transforming science, industries, and culture. 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 value?

Shifting power and influence: As data becomes even more valuable, who will own and control access to it? Will big data create information oligarchs or reduce inequality by giving access to people at the margins? How will brokers of big data influence our purchases, behavior, and beliefs?

Managing the tradeoffs: The promise of big data is accompanied by perils—in terms of privacy, security, reputation, and social and economic disruption. How will we manage these tradeoffs individually and in business, government, and civil society?

Featured Experts

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

Margaret Levi,

political scientist specializing in governance, trust, and legitimacy

John Mitchell,

computer scientist, cybersecurity expert, and Vice Provost of Online Learning

Jennifer Granick,

Attorney and director of Civil Liberties at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society