SAGE Journal Articles

Journal Article 1: Price, T. (2013, October). Big data and privacy. CQ Researcher, 23, 909–932.

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Abstract: This article examines the emergence of big data and the controversy over its use to potentially erode individual privacy. It explores in depth some of the questions currently being debated worldwide, such as whether the benefits of big data outweigh the risks, whether or not big data is speeding the erosion of privacy, and what sort of federal regulations should be enacted in the United States to protect individuals’ right to privacy. It provides background information on the evolution of big data and how it became a hot topic in American politics. Lastly, this article discusses how big data is used to hunt down criminals, as well as the friction between data brokers, privacy advocates, and individuals over the use of individual information collected online.

  1. What is the difference between “old-fashioned” data and big data? What are some of the uses of big data?
  2. What are some of the benefits and risks of big data and its availability on the Internet?
  3. What are the differences in regulations of big data between the United States and Europe? What are some of the proposed changes to regulations in the United States?
  4. How is big data used to hunt criminals?
  5. What is a data broker? How are they changing some of their practices to give individuals more control over their data?

Learning Objectives: To understand the uses, benefits, and risks of big data, and the policy discussions around individual privacy.

Journal Article 2: Clemmitt, M. (2013, January). Social media explosion. CQ Researcher, 23, 81–104.

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Abstract: This article explores the forces behind the social media boom and the changing norms and mores about privacy and use of networks to socialize. It weighs out some of the questions about how social media are changing people’s lives. Internet users and technology analysts consider whether or not social media foster greater community engagement, make personal relationships more difficult, or erode privacy. This article tracks the development of modern social life and the rise of social media, and assesses the current situation vis-à-vis profits from social media, control over data, and regulations to limit access to data.

  1. How do different generations communicate? What are some of the reasons that experts are worried about the increase in online communication among young people?
  2. What are the drawbacks to using social media to bolster political involvement?
  3. How is the information you provide on social media being used by political campaigns? Is it effective? Why or why not?
  4. Upon what characteristics are social media defined? What are some examples of social media websites and services?
  5. In the United States, several pieces of legislation have been signed into law to safeguard the privacy of individuals who use social media. What are some of the policies enacted?

Learning Objectives: To examine the effects of social media on how people socialize and to understand how social media and information provided on networks are used towards political ends.