A CO-LIBERATORY FRAMEWORK FOR BIG DATA

Matthew Kuan Johnson*, Rachel Siow Robertson*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This article provides an account of the ethical issues that arise when digital technologies and online spaces are structured by Big Data algorithms. We show that although the uses of Big Data may be new, traditional theological and ethical categories are still applicable, including “the sins of the fathers” from hamartiology and the scholastic concept of haecceity. Using these resources, we map the overall ecosystem in which digital technologies are developed and used, identifying the relationships between the individuals and organizations involved. We show how these relationships are often characterized by various kinds of harm. We then argue for a reorientation of the tech ecosystem toward co-liberation—and ultimately, joy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)749-769
Number of pages21
JournalZygon
Volume58
Issue number3
Early online date2 Apr 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2023

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Education
  • Religious studies

User-Defined Keywords

  • AI ethics
  • big data
  • co-liberation
  • design
  • haecceity
  • hamartiology
  • joy
  • sins of the fathers
  • virtue theory

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