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Sunday, March 15 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
The Empathy Gap: Why Stalin Nailed Big Data

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“One death is a tragedy; one million is just statistics,” - so said Joseph Stalin, highlighting the key issue with “big data.” Data in its nature is dehumanising. In years gone by, the process of breaking into people’s homes to spy on them raised clear ethical issues. Now surveillance is executed at arm’s length and aggregated. We’re not looking at you; we’re looking at everyone.
No single person can feel victimised, because everyone is treated equally. Over the past few years, the behaviour of governments and brands that have ownership of our data has come under increased scrutiny as privacy violations become ever more commonplace.
In general, the response has been “oops,” a mea culpa and an admission that they hadn’t really thought through how it could impact individuals. The antidote to this issue is empathy; but how do you institutionalise empathy just as you would institutionalise big data?
In this talk, I will argue it’s time we put people back into data.

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Martin Harrison

Planning Dir, Huge
Martin is Planning Director at Huge and is responsible for the strategic insight that drives great digital experiences. He has 15 years of experience in a variety of agencies and roles and has developed strategies for Unilever, Diageo, Johnson and Johnson, Agent Provocateur, Sainsbury's... Read More →

Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
JW Marriott Salon 4

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