Data Mining as Global Governance
Oxford Handbook on the Law and Regulation of Technology, Brownsword R, Scotford E, Yeung K (eds), Oxford University Press, Forthcoming 2016
41 Pages Posted: 13 Nov 2015
Date Written: september 16, 2015
Data mining technologies are increasingly prominent in development and aid initiatives in which context they may be understood to be doing work of global governance. This chapter explains how data mining may be so characterized and explores how this work may be compared to more conventional governance techniques and institutions. The chapter proceeds through three stages. First, it provides an overview of some exemplary initiatives among international institutions in which data mining plays a crucial role. Second, a playful, mundane analogy for a governance challenge is presented – the sorting of a sock drawer – and a familiar law and policy approach and a data mining approach to this challenge are compared. Third, the chapter highlights what may be at stake in the practice of data mining on the global plane and associated shifts in regulatory technique, arguing for this practice to be regarded as a matter of broad-ranging public concern.
Keywords: data mining, international organizations, development, humanitarian aid, law, policy, regulatory technique
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