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Big Data-Revolution, Überwachung und soziale Medien : Gefahr für die Demokratie?

Kahl, Martin

In:, 2018, vol. 1, no. 1, p. Article: 1.2

Companies, security agencies and political organizations use big data analyses in many ways to improve the forecasting and control of behavior. If one relates these developments to core elements of democratic decision-making, such as forming opinions on the basis of personal autonomy, the self-determined demarcation between the private and public spheres and the role of the public media,...