Harvard symposium embraces the goals and challenges of collecting and processing massive amounts of information on key complex issues.
The information filtered by this system does not constitute “big data” on the scale of Facebook or Google, Ray noted, but “it’s too much for a human to do, and it is having a real impact on the lives of Ugandans.”
As computing power allows nonprofits, businesses, and researchers to gather ever-larger troves of information, new challenges arise, such as those involving privacy and security. (As Google research scientist Diane Lambert noted, “If you’ve ever put a query into Google, then you’ve been in an experiment.”)
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