In this article the 'Internet of Things' is considered to be a new, powerful governance factor challenging regulation by law described as the ‘Governance by Things’.
Multi-sided online platforms such as social networks, search services and trading platforms can benefit society in important ways. This paper examines the competition effects of data portability among these platforms.
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.
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.
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.