Big-data hubris makes us lose sight of real people

It was bad enough when workers were first labeled "human resources." It became even more disturbing with the more recent term, "human capital" ... as if the many individuals who work for any one company amount to little more than numerical entries in a vast, digital ledger somewhere. Now, the dizzying advances in big data … Continue reading Big-data hubris makes us lose sight of real people

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Facebook defenders: Is it really OK to mess with people’s heads?

I have a couple of questions for anyone defending the ethics of Facebook's recent "emotional contagion" experiment on nearly 700,000 unsuspecting users: would it be OK to mess with the heads of your closest friends and relatives -- your children, even -- without their knowledge? If you say yes, what if a few of those … Continue reading Facebook defenders: Is it really OK to mess with people’s heads?