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Crowd-Sourcing, Surveillance, and the Era of the Synopticon

Tuesday 17 March 2014, 6.30 - 8.00pm, venue TBC
Speaker: Professor Matthew Connelly; Chair: Professor Michael Cox

“Big data” poses a massive challenge to the democratic accountability. Over the last four years the U.S. has quadrupled the amount of information that it classifies annually. This growth has become unmanageable, causing massive leaks, an unprecedented number of prosecutions, and a dysfunctional declassification system that is breaking under the strain. Luckily, the information revolution has also provided citizens with the means to address these challenges, such as crowd-sourcing the otherwise impossible task of creating a virtual archive of declassified government documents. By mining this data, we can detect patterns in classification and declassification, and automated tools to identify records that really do have to be kept secret. No longer just a tool of surveillance, data-mining can also help preserve the principle of open government.

Speaker

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Professor Matthew Connelly is Philippe Roman Chair in History and International Affairs at LSE IDEAS for 2014-2015.

 

Chair

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Professor Michael Cox| is Founding Co-Director of LSE IDEAS and Emeritus Professor in International Relations.

 

 

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