Big Data and Society: Is it a game changer?

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Big Data and Society: Is it a game changer?

The panel at the fourth Talk Big Data Event

In the conclusion of its popular ‘Talk Big Data’ series the University of Essex will host a panel discussion to examine why Big Data is being hailed as the answer to so many questions.

The ‘Big Data and Society: Is it a game changer?’ event is taking place on Monday 28 November, 5.30-7.00pm, at Essex Business School at the University’s Colchester Campus.

The panel at the fourth Talk Big Data Event

The panel at the fourth Talk Big Data event

Speakers Professor Heather Laurie (Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research and Professor of Sociology, University of Essex), John Pullinger (UK National Statistician, Head of the Government Statistical Service and Chief Executive of the UK Statistics Authority) and David Willetts (Executive Chair of the Resolution Foundation and former Minister for Universities and Science) will join Lynn Wyeth (Head of Governance Information and Risk, Leicester City Council) who will chair the event. Together they will focus on the opportunities and challenges that Big Data brings to society and the role that Big Data can play in enhancing public policy, enabling education and shaping society.

Professor Heather Laurie will introduce the session before taking her position on the panel. She said, “In the first four events of the series our expert panellists delivered a fascinating insight into the world of Big Data and shared their wealth of experience about how it impacts all of us in the real world. We’ve been delighted to see members of the public, local business people, University academics, staff and students stand up to challenge our panellists and ask the questions which matter to them.

Professor Heather Laurie, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) for the University of Essex

Professor Heather Laurie, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) for the University of Essex

“In 2013 the Government considered skills and knowledge related to Big Data to be crucial for the future of research in the UK and as such invested over £60 million to create a ‘Big Data Network’ across a network of universities. At Essex we have been a part of bringing that network to life and are therefore at the forefront of this research. As the series of talks draws to a close I’m looking forward to joining the discussion to see where this investment has brought us so far and what the future holds.”

This free event is the final session in the Talk Big Data series which is being organised by the Administrative Data Research Network (ADRN), the Business and Local Government Data Research Centre (BLGDRC) and the Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project (HRBDT). All three big data projects are based at the University of Essex and funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

The event is open to members of the public, businesses, charities and other organisations as well as University students, academics and staff. Booking is advised to guarantee a place.

After the event there will be an opportunity for attendees to network with each other and the speakers, and to find out more about how they could work and engage with the three centres.

You can also follow the series on Twitter using #talkbigdata