Ina Sander, M. A.
Fellow at CAIS from January to June 2019
In recent years, the influence of big data – the large-scale collection and analysis of personal data with related scoring and prediction mechanisms – increased steadily. Besides the often-emphasised manifold great opportunities big data practices provide, for example in academic research, such automated systems also come with inherent risks. Scholars warn that uses of big data put individual privacy at risk, intensify surveillance and often reinforce discrimination. While internet users may know about data collection online, they lack an understanding and critical reflection of the potential consequences of big data practices.
One strategy to address this problem is to foster citizens’ critical big data literacy. This literacy can be understood as internet users’ awareness and critical reflection of big data collection practices, data uses and possible risks and implications.
Extending my prior research, this project will research online tools that aim to promote such literacy. I will examine the longer-term influence these tools have, and the German landscape of critical big data literacy tools.