Is Big Data a Big Deal? The Information Trap

Dr. Arnold Roosendaal on what Big Data does to the individual and to society

Organisator Studium Generale

wo 25 februari 2015 20:00 tot 22:00

Locatie Impulse, gebouwnummer 115

Big Data, often discussed, but what are we really talking about? And what is its impact, on science, the individual and society as a whole?

The information we receive via the internet becomes increasingly relevant and personalized. This is due to the combining and processing of large data sets, which provides for example advertisers with more insights and knowledge.

However, this also has negative consequences. Tailor-made access to information and content gets us caught in an Information Trap. Choices and preferences will be steered, and there is hardly an escape. The net result is in fact information poorness, since lots of information, in particular alternative views, cannot be accessed.
Arnold Roosendaal will argue that this mechanism increases the polarization of our society, and creates new forms of information inequality. He shows us how and why, and discusses what could be done to escape from the Information Trap.

Arnold Roosendaal (PhD, LLM) is a researcher with a specific expertise in the field of privacy and identity. Arnold studied Law & Technology (LLM) at Tilburg University (NL) and obtained a Research Master in Law (LLM MPhil) at Tilburg and Leuven (B) University. In 2013, he defended his PhD on effects on privacy, autonomy, and identity, resulting from being subjected to decisions based on digital representations of individuals.

Arnold has written numerous (inter)national publications and is a well-known speaker and panelist. He also works at TNO focusing on chances for privacy by design in relation to national and international policy and practical implementations within organizations. He is also a member of the PI.lab (Privacy & Identity lab), a collaboration between TNO, Tilburg University, Radboud University and SIDN, and he is a member of the knowledge platform of Cqure.

This is an Open Mind Lab lecture series, organized together with students