The Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

27 September 2017 6:00pm to 8:00pm


Customs House, 399 Queen St, Brisbane

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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.  

Our Professor Xue Li, School of ITEE, and Associate Professor Andrew Crowden, School of Historical and Philosphical Inquiry, 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.

About UQ's Global Leadership Series

The Global Leadership Series is a lively program of events for alumni and community. 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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