Ethics and epistemology of big data

Wendy Lipworth, Paul H. Mason, Ian Kerridge

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In this Symposium on the Ethics and Epistemology of Big Data, we present four perspectives on the ways in which the rapid growth in size of research databanks—i.e. their shift into the realm of “big data”—has changed their moral, socio-political, and epistemic status. While there is clearly something different about “big data” databanks, we encourage readers to place the arguments presented in this Symposium in the context of longstanding debates about the ethics, politics, and epistemology of biobank, database, genetic, and epidemiological research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)485-488
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Bioethical Inquiry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017


  • Big data
  • Biobank
  • Consent
  • Databank
  • Database
  • Privacy
  • Research ethics

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Lipworth, W., Mason, P. H., & Kerridge, I. (2017). Ethics and epistemology of big data. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 14(4), 485-488.