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Big data for Australian social policy : developments, benefits and risks / Edited by Janet Chan, Peter Saunders ; Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia

By: Chan, Janet (ed.) | Academy of the Social Sciences in AustraliaContributor(s): Saunders, Peter (ed.)Publication details: Canberra, A.C.T : Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, 2021. Description: 143 p. (Online Resource)ISBN: 9780908290024Subject(s): Big data | Linked Data | Social PolicyOnline Resources: Ebook (Online Resource)
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As this book reveals, it is easy to become over-enthusiastic about the potential benefits of “big data.” And the risks involved need to be carefully identified and managed. Through a series of social policy case studies, including interviews with experts involved, as well as examination of associated documentation, the authors reveal whether the potential benefits were realised, where unintended adverse impacts occurred, and lessons for good practice risk management. The editors, in the book’s opening and closing chapters, draw together the issues raised and present the consensus view of how “big data” initiatives for social policy should be conducted, particularly in the Australian context. In summary, the editors suggest that critical to successful use of big data for social policy are: The governance arrangements that promote trust, including transparency and security; Adequate infrastructure, including the skills and capacity needed to understand the quality of the data and to use it appropriately, appreciating the extent of uncertainty of any conclusions drawn; Human rights, recognising the sovereignty of those about whom the data is concerned (with particular reference to Indigenous people and communities); Consent and a “social licence” to use the data for the purposes involved; and, related to all these, Accountability. This book goes into much detail about these and related issues and suggestions. It provides essential reading for government officials, academic researchers and community leaders

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