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Computer Sciences, Ethics

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This is a preprint of an article that appeared in the journal InnovAction which is published by Altice Labs. See:


It is often the case with new technologies that it is very hard to predict their long-term impacts and as a result, although new technology may be beneficial in the short term, it can still cause problems in the longer term. This is what happened with oil by-products in different areas: the use of plastic as a disposable material did not take into account the hundreds of years necessary for its decomposition and its related long-term environmental damage. Data is said to be the new oil. The message to be conveyed is associated with its intrinsic value. But as in the case of real oil, we should take care to ensure that its use does not create harm in the future. We know from recent history that data can be used in harmful ways, but data also has enormous positive potential when applied to the service of communities. In this article, we highlight the opportunities, problems and best practice of using data.


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