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Big data, consequentialism and privacy

Big data, consequentialism and privacy
Big data, consequentialism and privacy
In this chapter, I consider the use of data in order to alter people’s choices, along the lines of the ‘nudge’ philosophy of Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein. Although this technique of opinion management is part of the toolbox of both the private and public sectors, the greater powers of the public sector to compel citizens mean that its legitimacy is all the more important. In this chapter, I concentrate on whether government is justified in using data in this context to drive policy to produce good outcomes for citizens.
Big Data, consequentialism, Privacy, Digital modernity, Nudge theory
13-26
Edinburgh University Press
O'hara, Kieron
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Macnish, Kevin
Galliott, Jai
O'hara, Kieron
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Macnish, Kevin
Galliott, Jai

O'hara, Kieron (2020) Big data, consequentialism and privacy. In, Macnish, Kevin and Galliott, Jai (eds.) Big Data and Democracy. Edinburgh. Edinburgh University Press, pp. 13-26.

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In this chapter, I consider the use of data in order to alter people’s choices, along the lines of the ‘nudge’ philosophy of Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein. Although this technique of opinion management is part of the toolbox of both the private and public sectors, the greater powers of the public sector to compel citizens mean that its legitimacy is all the more important. In this chapter, I concentrate on whether government is justified in using data in this context to drive policy to produce good outcomes for citizens.

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Published date: 1 July 2020
Keywords: Big Data, consequentialism, Privacy, Digital modernity, Nudge theory

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Local EPrints ID: 442562
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/442562
PURE UUID: e98b431a-b15e-45f2-b97c-93e8e9379c87
ORCID for Kieron O'hara: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-9051-4456

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Date deposited: 20 Jul 2020 16:30
Last modified: 07 Oct 2020 07:13

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Author: Kieron O'hara ORCID iD
Editor: Kevin Macnish
Editor: Jai Galliott

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