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Book chapter

Big Data and Human Rights: Ethics, Law, and Technologies

P. 156-173.

Today the Big Data sciences turn its age out. Some years pass, and there will be no need of data scientists, because all process of the big data collection will be automated. And this makes a big challenge to the scope of issues related to human rights of the subjects of personal data. This is a complex issue related to ethical, legal, and technological problems of human rights in Internet Governance.

Big data, as we now refer to enormous collections of facts, figures and unstructured information like metadata and tweets has helped us better understand crime rates and predict outbreaks of communicable diseases, and it radically improves our online shopping experiences. But imagine the potential benefits when such data science innovations are applied to the world of human rights. Rather than a digital hazard, computer technology that can handle big data can draw from information about human sentiments and actions to predict potential atrocities reveal patterns of destructive human activities such as trafficking and help weigh prescriptive policies.