In a world that is increasingly under surveillance and digital control, Donald Patterson, professor of computer science, answers the question, “Should We Hide from Big Data?” in a lecture on Thursday, April 13, at 5:30 p.m. at University Club, 1332 Santa Barbara St. No tickets are required; the limited seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, please call (805) 565-6051. The free, public lecture, sponsored by the Westmont Foundation, is part of Westmont Downtown: Conversations about Things that Matter.
“An enormous amount of data gets collected, so big data isn’t just a benign repository of information,” Patterson says. “It becomes the basis for making decisions and monitoring and assessing individuals and groups. People with agendas choose which data is worth saving, which colors the pictures they subsequently form about our world.”