An Australian student in January 2018 used the data trails of people exercising in remote areas to deduce the location of ‘clearly identifiable and mappable’ secret US airstrips, bases and outposts in Afghanistan and Syria.
This Strava saga (Strava is an app people use when exercising) highlights some of the contentious issues surrounding ‘Big Data’ which include privacy, ownership, the privileges and responsibilities of data-gatherers and the ignorance surrounding Big Data’s characteristics.
Big Data’s complexities prevent society gaining the full benefit from information collected in cyberspace.
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