Research Track

Council for Big Data, Ethics, and Society

Started in 2014 to provide critical social and cultural perspectives on "big data" initiatives, the Council unites researchers across disciplines to help guard against the repetition of known mistakes and inadequate preparation.

In collaboration with the National Science Foundation, the Council for Big Data, Ethics, and Society brings together researchers from diverse disciplines – from anthropology and philosophy to economics and law – to address issues such as security, privacy, equality, and access in order to help guard against the repetition of known mistakes and inadequate preparation. Through public commentary, events, white papers, and direct engagement with data analytics projects, the Council develops frameworks to help researchers, practitioners, and the public understand the social, ethical, legal, and policy issues that underpin the big data phenomenon. Though currently formally inactive, Data & Society hosts the Council’s online resources.