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Social Media and Big Data

Published Wednesday, March 5, 2014

This POSTnote examines the application of ‘big data’ approaches to social media in three key areas: elections and polling, commercial applications and security. It also covers the regulation of social media data and public concerns around privacy.

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Analysing large quantities of readily available data from social media has created new opportunities to understand and influence how people think and act. This POSTnote examines the application of ‘big data’ approaches to social media in three key areas: elections and polling, commercial applications and security. It also covers the regulation of social media data and public concerns around privacy.

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Author: Abbi Hobbs

Topics: Consumers, Data protection, Elections, Information technology, Loans, Media, Police, Privacy, Science, Telecommunications

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