What do Big Data do in Global Governance?

Hans Krause Hansen, Tony Porter

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Two paradoxes associated with big data are relevant to global governance. First, while promising to increase the capacities of humans in governance, big data also involve an increasingly independent role for algorithms, technical artifacts, the Internet of things, and other objects, which can reduce the control of human actors. Second, big data involve new boundary transgressions as data are brought together from multiple sources while also creating new boundary conflicts as powerful actors seek to gain advantage by controlling big data and excluding competitors. These changes are not just about new data sources for global decision-makers, but instead signal more profound changes in the character of global governance.
Original languageEnglish
JournalGlobal Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)31-42
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Big data
  • Data analysis
  • International relations
  • Internet of Things
  • Information retrieval
  • Data mining
  • Global governance

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