What are the Risks of Big Data?

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This project concerns the way Big Data techniques have changed (and perhaps undermined) scientific inquiry. At a time when the polity depends on scientific claims in many areas of pressing global challenges, the idea that we might be cheapening the coin of science is deeply worrying. Are the ways we use Big Data techniques testable? Can we easily meld Big Data with Small Data? Do we simply have a new tool or are we led by the new tools to ask different questions and give up on other questions which we had been asking?

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