RFP on Ethical Dimensions of Open Data

By Chris Hoofnagle

Posted on August 11, 2014

Magical thinking has so suffused discussions on "big data" that O'Neil and Schutt's textbook on data science starts with a section on "data science hype." That hype masks important public policy discussions, and encourges the release of data without a careful examination of its implications. Some governments have taken up the call and released "Open Data," datasets made available to the public for anyone to use for any purpose.

The Berkeley Center for Law & Technology and Microsoft have issued a request for proposals (RFP) to fund scholarly inquiry to examine the civil rights, human rights, security and privacy issues that arise from Open Data. This RFP seeks to:

  • Gain knowledge of the impact of the online release of large amounts of data generated by citizens' interactions with government
  • Imagine new possibilities for technical, legal, and regulatory interventions that avoid abuse
  • Begin building a body of research that addresses these issues

For more information or to submit a proposal, see https://www.law.berkeley.edu/bcltopendata.htm.