More on Ethical and Legal Issues in Big Data Research

On 19 June experts met in Basel at the second symposium about “Ethical and Legal Issues in Big Data Research”.

Big Data are more and more used in science, the humanities and medicine and to generate novel evidence-based findings across multiple disciplines. However, research using Big Data also raises important ethical and legal questions. The aim of the symposium was to explore some of the most pressing ethical issues, including anonymization, protection of human subjects, fairness and data protection. The symposium was divided into two parts. In the first part social scientists discussed ethical and legal challenges raising from the use of Big Data in their field. In the second part lawyers provided their view on the topic.

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