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Data – Impacts and Implications

Substantive research has already shown us that access to information has significant impact on quality of life from an economic, social and political perspective in many dimensions. For example, think first of the fishermen who can now identify in advance where they are most likely to get the best price for their catch and so sail straight to the port and thus improve their efficiency and also profitability. Or think of the student who can check online to see where friends a meeting up – and then decide whether to join in knowing who will be around, what the music will be like and, even get information about how to get there. Access to new data is already changing lives – what it will do in the future is pretty much only limited by our imagination.

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4 Responses to “Data – Impacts and Implications”
  1. Direct Feedback says:

    One topic that many are discussing that is both an implication of increasing data access and a consequence of it, is that of net-neutrality. Whether you see that the status quo is fine as it is, or that it needs to change so that the telephone and cable companies cease to act as gatekeepers to the internet and prioritise one website over another, net-neutrality is a major obstacle to be overcome. Quite evidently, the increasing supply and demand for online multimedia mean that the internet infrastructure itself will need significant investment in additional capacity. But whether a tiered service is the answer or the US Congress finally passes a bill guaranteeing net neutrality, we need to sort this out and do it quickly before there is a significant drop in quality across the whole network.

  2. Workshop Feedback says:

    Facebook and similar social networks are providing consumers with the ability for mass on-line customisation of identity and that is becoming the norm. So, in the future, as people expect the same in real and virtual worlds, how can we better provide customisation in the physical world? In ten years time, we will have significantly more customisation taking place.

  3. Workshop Feedback says:

    I disagree with the Google point of view. If decisions are based on judgement, then what information do we best base our judgement on? There is a paradox here than needs to be solved. Maybe we will go in cycles and move on from needing to make fast, poor decisions to being more adept at making fewer, better decisions.

  4. Workshop Feedback says:

    The future will be about more efficient data use and this will be about minimising redundancy. If 90% of what we get from Google is useless, relevance is clearly a challenge. Therefore we have to apply more intelligent criteria to filter our information – and this is all to do with redundancy of information.

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