“Big Data” released in paperback – New Chapter added!

BD_paperbackToday marks the release of the paperback version of the international bestseller “Big Data“, co-authored by Professor Mayer-Schönberger. The new paperback release not only sports a new cover (and a more affordable price), but also a brand new chapter added that focuses on an additional feature of Big Data, a shift from a Boolean to a Bayesian view of the world.

Learning with Big Data

LEARNING_coverProfessor Mayer-Schönberger and Economist journalist Kenneth Cukier have written a new book. Titled “Learning with big Data“, it looks at the role of Big Data in shaping and changing human learning, and our education system. In “Learning with Big Data” the authors detail both the enormous potential of Big Data analysis to improve human learning, and the deeply troubling dark side of possible Big Data abuse in the education field. The book, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, is in the format of a so-called ebook Single (about a third of the size of a traditional book), only available as an ebook (through Kindle and other platforms), and very competitively priced at Amazon.

Big Data’s potential dark side in education

THETimes Higher Education (THE) sat down in December 2013 with Professor Mayer-Schönberger in preparation for ONLINE EDUCA 2013 in Berlin, Europe’s largest meeting of digital learning experts, to discuss the role of Big Data in education, and its potential dark sides. In the interview, Professor Mayer-Schönberger warned of probabilistic predictions being used to filter and select students rather than to improve the context in which they learn, suggesting that this would be a dystopian future for education.

“Fan or Foe” – On fan fiction and copyright

Professor Mayer-Schönberger has teamed up with Oxford graduate Lena Wong in this article on how recent copyright cases regarding fan fiction highlight an untenable internal tension in how copyright is currently interpreted by copyright holders and some courts, and why a more pragmatic, less dogmatic approach is warranted. The article (Viktor Mayer-Schönberger & Lena Wong, Fan or Foe? Fan Fiction, Authorship, and the Fight for Control, 54 IDEA – The Intellectual Property Law Review 1 (2013)) has just been published by IDEA, a well-known US academic journal focused on intellectual property issues.

“Big Data” finalist for FT Book Award 2013

FTThe Financial Times announced that “Big Data” (co-authored by Professor Mayer-Schönberger and Economist journalist Kenneth N. Cukier) had been selected as one of three finalists of the Financial Times Business Book of the Year award. In a lavish ceremony on November 18, 2013 in London, the decision was announced, together with the choice of Brad Stone’s “The Everything Store” as the winner. Delighted and honored by their success to be author’s of one of the three finalist entries, Mayer-Schönberger and Cukier sent their heartfelt congratulations to Mr Stone.

“Big Data zeigt uns die Welt, wie sie wirklich ist”

ZeitOnlineWenn man sich mit ZEIT ONLINE Journalist Kai Biermann zum Interview trifft ist das immer geistreich – und spannend. In seinen Fragen bringt er die Dinge, wie wenige seiner Zunft, auf den Punkt. So auch hier – als er mit Professor Mayer-Schönberger den zentralen Kern von Big Data herausarbeitet, und damit auch die Schattenseite dieser Entwicklung offenkundig macht.

“Big Data” shortlisted for FT Best Business Book Award

FTThe Financial Times announced on September 23, 2013 that Professor Mayer-Schönberger’s recent book “Big Data” (co-authored with Kenn Cukier) has been shortlisted for the FT / Goldman Sachs business book of the year award 2013. The shortlist has been drawn from a long list that filtered many hundreds of nominations. The winner will be announced at an award gala in November in London.

“illuminating and timely”

nytlogo152x23Michiko Kakutani, one of the publishing world’s most respected book reviewer, has read “Big Data” , the new bestselling book by Professor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Cukier, and really liked it. In her erudite and comprehensive review published in the New York Times, on June 10, 2013, she writes that with big data the nature of surveillance has changed, pointing to one of the fundamental dark sides of big data that “Big Data” talked about.

The Trust-Busting NSA-Disaster

TheguardianThe Guardian reported this week on the latest NSA mass surveillance revelations, quoting Professor Mayer-Schönberger’s notion that the large US Internet companies, such as Google, Twitter and Facebook have potentially lost what is most valuable and most difficult to regain, the trust of their customers around the world to vigilantly guard their data rather than cooperating with the NSA. If left unaddressed, this might turn into a lasting competitive disadvantage for these firms and for the US digital economy.

The Future of “Notice and Consent”

Together with noted privacy expert Professor Fred Cate (Indiana University), Professor Mayer-Schönberger has just published a new article (Fred H. Cate & Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, Notice and consent in a world of Big Data, International Data Privacy Law 2013 3: 67-73), focused on the future of “notice and consent”, a key mechanism of how we currently protect personal data, as we move towards a Big Data society. In the article, professors Cate and Mayer-Schönberger explain why “notice and consent” is losing much of its effectiveness, and if left unchanged will end up stifling our ability to live with data rather than enhance it. They suggest that rather focusing on a formalistic quasi-individualistic mechanism at the point of collecting data, it is far better to secure personal privacy by limiting certain uses of personal data.

Big Data – an interview

Council_on_Foreign_Relations_New_LogoEconomist journalist Kenneth Cukier and Professor Mayer-Schönberger sat down with Council of Foreign Relations Sharone Tobias for a wide-ranging interview (published April 4, 2013) on Big Data, and its implications for international relations, politics, fleeting competitive advantages, the role of Asia, and the next round of economic innovation.

Book excerpt: “The rise of the algorithmists”

QuartzQuartz just published an extended excerpt from the recent bestseller “Big Data” co-authored by Professor Mayer-Schönberger. In this excerpt Mayer-Schönberger and co-author Kenneth Cukier talk about the impending rise of a new caste of experts, the algorithmists, that are able to shed light into the black box of Big Data predictions, and audit them if necessary.

WSJ op-ed on Big Data and the balance sheet

WSJEconomist journalist Kenneth Cukier and Professor Mayer-Schönberger (co-authors of the bestseller “Big Data”) penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on March 7, 2013, entitled “The Financial Bonanza of Big Data” arguing that Big Data will have a big impact on the balance sheet of companies as we begin to realize the hidden value of data, and companies begin to report it as assets. Their op-ed spurred a lively debate.

“Big Data” published in the US

Book-data2-smallToday is the publication date of “Big Data: A Revolution That Transforms How We Work, Live, and Think”, the new book of Professor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Cukier, data editor of the Economist. The book aims to go beyond the recent big data hype and explain big data’s defining qualities, how it helps companies and society improve and prosper. The authors also take a hard look at big data’s dark sides, and suggest societal safeguards to ensure that big data’s benefits outweigh its risks. Published by Eamon Dolan / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), it is available in both hardcover and electronic formats (Kindle, iBook, Nook) from online and offline booksellers throughout the US and Canada, including on Amazon.

“Do I Have the Right to be Forgotten?”

BBC_Radio_4Professor Viktor Mayer Schönberger was featured in a BBC Radio 4 documentary this evening entitled “Do I Have the Right to be Forgotten?” In the program exploring the digital footprints that ordinary individuals establish over time, he explained that large companies such as Google collect all the search queries we ever type. Having this ever growing tranche of data about us stored digitally, we fail to have the ability to forget, and in turn lose a great deal of freedom – ironically the very freedom that newspapers and search engines claim to be protecting. Digital memory gives those who have control over digital images of us the power to manage our history.

Mayer-Schönberger in the California Law Review

Professor Mayer-Schönberger’s paper “Beyond Privacy, Beyond Rights – Towards a ‘Systems’ Theory of Information Governance” was recently published in the prestigious California Law Review. In this article, Mayer-Schönberger offers a critique of strategies of information governance that are based on the rights of the individual. A full copy of the article is available for download here, in pdf format.

“Where the geeks go”

EconomistThis week, the Economist wrote about the select workshops and meetings of the elite of Internet geeks, and what they discuss. Prominently featured is the Oxford Digital Data Dialogue (OD3), an initiative started by Professor Mayer-Schönberger, to bring together a select group of geeks working on Big Data and discuss pressing policy issues in the data-driven economy. The write-up also mentions the Oxford Internet Institute’s ten year ceremony which the OD3 participants attended as well.

Geographies of the World’s Knowledge

GeographiesAt the 2011 Convoco Forum Professor Mayer-Schönberger talked about “Geographies of the World’s Knowledge”, a research project visualizing certain aspects of the world’s knowledge created by the Oxford Internet Institute with the Convoco Foundation and Dr. Corinne Flick. The “Geographies” are available here for download, and more visualizations can be found of OII’s information geography page, curated by Professor Mark Graham.

“Delete” in paperback published, with new chapter

Princeton University Press has just published the paperback edition of Professor Mayer-Schönberger’s awards-winning book “Delete – The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age.” The paperback version is not only more affordable, but also sports a newly added chapter, in which Professor Mayer-Schönberger offers updates on his argument, as well as some personal insights into his own journey of thinking about and dealing with the challenges posed by comprehensive digital memory. The book is available at Amazon and many other book sellers around the world.