Rick Robinson: Alexis Madrigal on Data Lies

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Rick Robinson
Rick Robinson

The deception that lurks in our data-driven world

Add it all up, and you have a significant problem in the way our society produces knowledge.

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The hidden underpinnings of the world were revealed only when they were gone.

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We’ve deceived ourselves into thinking data is a camera, but it’s really an engine. Capturing data about something changes the way that something works. Even the mere collection of stats is not a neutral act, but a way of reshaping the thing itself.