Smart Sensing & Big Data Analytics: Governing through Information

Smart Sensing & Big Data Analytics: Governing through Information
Thursday 20 February 2014

3 - 4 March 2014

Personal data emission, requisition and transmission are habitual procedures in today's information saturated societies. 'Smart Sensing' (data creation) and 'Big Data Analytics' (data computation) have come into vogue as prevailing strategies of governance in a multitude of organisational spheres. But what exactly do they mean and imply? How can they be used to revolutionize the ways we conduct research and execute services? What are their potentials and perils? How, for instance, might better understandings of the social body emerge through computational analytics? How might this improve welfare delivery and social justice? How, in contrast, might privacy rights be compromised by economy? How, in other words, are these techniques being presently utilized and how might they be reconfigured in years to come?

This symposium aims to reflect critically on these questions from a transdisciplinary perspective. It will probe the social, political, economical, technical, cultural, legal, moral and policy repercussions of 'Smart Sensing' and 'Big Data Analytics' by exploring empirically and conceptually current applications in several intersecting substantive fields.


Program (PDF 718KB)

Abstracts and biographies (PDF 850KB)



The Allan Barton Forum, Level 2, CBE Building (26C), Kingsley Street, ANU.


Dr Gavin Smith (School of Sociology, ANU)
A/Prof Robert Ackland (Australian Demographic & Social Research Institute, ANU)

Further information

Gavin Smith
T: (02) 6125 0323




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