Recent Critiques of Big Data: Small Bibliography

A collection of some critiques of Big Data by Ernest Davis.

The bibliography is entirely out of date. When I created it in 2014, it was fairly thorough, but soon after the subject took off, and in mid-2015 I gave up trying to maintain it. At this point (2018) an adequate bibliography would probably contain dozens of books and thousands of articles.

Full disclosure: I think I found one or two of these from a Facebook recommendation, and a few of these were found using Google search, but actually only a few. The vast majority came to my attention from periodicals, blogs, and newsletters I subscribe to; pieces that friends had "shared" on Facebook; or word of mouth, plus following links.

Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O'Neil

Reviews of Weapons of Math Destuction. Must reading on the subject.

Web sites

Another Bibliography

Toward ethical, transparent, and fair AI/ML: A critical reading list. Eirini Malliaraki.

General Critiques

Social and legal critiques

Predictive Policing

Social Media

Breaking Privacy and Merchandising Private Information



Science and Big Data

Google Flu Trends

Citation counts and Impact Factors

Evidence-Based Sentencing

White House Report

The Facebook Mood Manipulation Experiment

This has generated an immense literature of responses in a very short time. A very extensive bibliography is here: I list below only a comparative few that I read and thought interesting.

Election Manipulation

Exposure to ideologically diverse news and opinion on Facebook

Health Surveillance

Workplace Surveillance

Book Reviews

The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems --- And Create More by Luke Dormehl

Dataclysm by Christian Rudder

The Black Box Society: The Secret Algorithms that Control Money and Information by Frank Pasquale

An extremely fine book. Also, there is a wealth of further references in the footnotes.

Social Physics: How Good Ideas Spread --- The Lessons from a New Science by Sandy Pentland

The Signal and The Noise by Nate Silver

Who's Bigger? by Steven Skiena and Charlew Ward