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If you had access to data on people’s movement, behaviours and social habits, what would you do with it? Social opinions are now reflected by social media in all aspects of our lives: trends in music, fashion, politics, financial markets, natural disaster responses and sales of products and services. Gathering, understanding, interpreting and making decisions based on this data has now become an invaluable tool for business, science and governments to innovate.

How do the smartest data scientists in the world identify and utilise authentic insights from big data and social computing? What value do those insights bring for business decision making, public policy development? And what are the personal implications for us as individuals within a social data driven society? Key ethical issues surrounding contemporary innovations in ‘big data’ include privacy, consent, confidentiality, potential discrimination, ownership, commercialisation, intellectual property rights, fair benefit sharing, potential conflict of interest matters as well as equity, reciprocity and the need to respect cultural diversity.  

Associate Professor Andrew Crowden and Professor Xue Li will debate these questions, and outline the opportunities and challenges relating to individual and societal aspects and implications of big data harnessed through social media.


Image of Dr Andrew CrowdenAssociate Professor Andrew Crowden

Dr Andrew Crowden is an Associate Professor in Philosophy at UQ’s School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry. Andrew has PhD and Masters degrees from the Centre for Human Bioethics at Monash University. He has extensive experience in bioethics and the practical ethics, integrity and governance aspects of research and data science. Andrew is research ethics stream leader for the Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law (AABHL) and a member of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Research Ethics Committee.

Image of Professor Xue LiProfessor Xue Li

Professor Xue Li is a Professor at UQ’s School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering. He leads a research team working on Big Data Analytics on healthcare and social media data. Over the past 15 years, Professor Xue Li has published more than 160 research articles in journals, books, and international conferences. He was honoured as one of the ‘top 50 most powerful people in Australia 2015’ for his work in Big Data by the Financial Review – the Power Issue 2015. He recently won the 'Microsoft Start Up Q Award 2014’, as well as the ‘Best use of Open Data - QLD Premier’s Awards for Open Data 2014’.

About Global Leadership Series

The Global Leadership Series (GLS) is a lively program of events for alumni and community members. Join us for lectures and discussions with the best of the best UQ-related speakers on matters that impact your community and shape your ideas of the world.

The series is an opportunity for you to engage with great minds on global matters, participate in thought-provoking discussions and network with UQ alumni and community members. All alumni, parents, community members and friends are welcome to attend the Global Leadership Series events.

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