Big Data – Tackling Global Problems in the 21st Century

25 March 2013 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Chatham House, London


Kenneth Cuckier, Data Editor, The Economist
Professor Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation, University of Oxford



The last twenty years have seen an information explosion, and vast amounts of data can now be recorded, amalgamated and analysed at the touch of a button. Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Cukier will argue that the world is only just starting to reap the benefits.

As companies have already learnt the benefits of ‘big data’, how might it impact the work of governments and non-profits? From tracking the spread of diseases to informing healthcare and education policy, the speakers will look at the role that big data does, and might, play. They will also examine the risks associated with the use of big data, both to individual privacy and in the type of policies it tends towards.