This thematic edition looks at studies that scrutinise big data and power in concrete fields of application. It brings together scholars from different disciplines shedding light on the fields of agriculture, education, border control and consumer policy.
Agribusinesses are buying into big data for its predictive powers, bypassing farmers and aggregating previously proprietary farming data. Given this power asymmetry, what are the ethics of the use of big data in big agriculture?
How does the (dis)empowering surveillance practice of social sorting using big data impact on the notion of borders in Europe?
Consumer protection law can assist EU data protection law in empowering data subjects whose rights are challenged by big data.
How should the EU regulate the expanding role of for-profit vendors in school operations making use of big data technologies?
Personalised news websites can have serious implications for democracy, but little is known about the extent and effects of personalisation.
In the last two decades, the industry has deployed endlessly the rhetoric of the “digital threat” in order to demand harsher measures against digital piracy. This paper shows that the “digital threat” discourse is based on shaky grounds.
Re-assessing jurisdictional issues, the author examines the 'monkey selfie case' from a UK and European perspective and finds that the photographer could be subject to copyright protection in Europe.
While intermediary liability is becoming an issue of increasing importance in internet governance discussions, little is being made at the institutional level to minimise conflicts across jurisdictions and ensure the compliance of intermediary liability laws with fundamental rights and the freedom to innovate.