Monday, February 20, 2012
The Tyranny of Data, by Arthur Getis, explores the ethical issues of institutional, scholarly, and social focus and reliance on technologically obtained data. The book reproduces his prophetic lecture, given by Getis at San Diego State University in 1995, that outlines the problems of relying on data. He states that, "Questionable research leads to faulty policy, which in turn, can lead to societal disasters." Although his book relates these issues to the field of contemporary geography, the concepts and concerns expressed in his lecture should be considered by everyone who relies on their computers, smart phones, iPads, and the world wide web for information, in this age of data and technology.
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