Terms of Service: Understanding our role in the world of Big Data.

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Big Data powers the modern world. With tools like FitBit tracking our every step and supercomputers like IBM’s Watson helping Memorial Sloan Kettering treat cancer patients, we literally live it. Data is part of our everyday lives through social media profiles, browsing histories and discount programs.

Big companies are collecting and using this information, too, and it can both help and hurt. Maybe we start making better choices about the food we eat or the money we spend. Or maybe an insurance company decides to increase its rate or even terminate a policy because it projects we’ll have diabetes in 18 months.

We believe many folks want to learn more about these issues but are turned off by coverage that can be dense and jargon-laden.
 
So we made a comic!
 
What do we gain from Big Data? What do we lose? Co-produced by reporter Michael Keller and cartoonist Josh Neufeld, we hope this graphic novella will give you a good foundation to start asking your own questions.

Have any comments or stories you’d like to share? Please get in touch: terms-of-service@aljazeera.net.
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About the author

Michael Keller is a multimedia journalist at Al Jazeera America covering issues at the intersection of technology and civic life.
His work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Newsweek/Daily Beast, and others. He graduated from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 2011 and is a research Fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University. [mhkeller.com]

Josh Neufeld is a nonfiction cartoonist living in Brooklyn. His previous works include A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge, The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone On the Media, and the ongoing series The Vagabonds. Neufeld was a 2012–2013 Knight-Wallace Fellow in Journalism at the University of Michigan. [JoshComix.com]

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Publisher
Al Jazeera America, LLC
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Published on
Oct 30, 2014
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Pages
44
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Language
English
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Genres
Computers / Internet / General
Computers / Security / Online Safety & Privacy
Language Arts & Disciplines / Journalism
Law / Privacy
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