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Boston Harper Lecture with Dean Colm O'Muircheartaigh: Big Government, Big Business, Big Data
A look at the implications of data collection and the impact on society.

Cost: $20 General Admission
Registration Required: Alumni and Friends Event Website

When does having more data equate to having more information? And do the undoubted benefits outweigh the risks? As the world of data changes, the concept of data collection is beginning to lose its meaning. Government agencies and private businesses accumulate volumes of personal information about us at a steadily increasing pace: where we go, what purchases we make, whom we associate with, what we read, how we spend our evenings and weekends, what we do on our vacations. Data from virtually every significant transaction in our lives are stored digitally, ripe for exploitation ... or ready to be put to good use. As we seek more effective solutions to pressing public challenges, we should ask just how the data are being used and just how much should we care. Dean Colm O'Muircheartaigh will explore the public policy implications of the revolution in big data.

Colm A. O'Muircheartaigh is dean of and a professor in the Harris School and a senior fellow at NORC at the University of Chicago. His research encompasses survey sample design, measurement errors in surveys, cognitive aspects of question wording, and latent variable models for nonresponse. He is principal investigator on the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Internet Panel Recruitment Survey and co-principal investigator on NSF's Data Research and Development Center and the National Institute on Aging's National Social Life Health and Aging Project. He is also responsible for the development of methodological innovations in sample design for NORC's face-to-face surveys in the United States.
Event Contact
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Event Information
Thursday, Oct 24 2013 at 6:00pm - 8:30pm [ iCal ]
The Lenox Hotel
61 Exeter Street
Boston, MA 02116