[Humanist] 29.212 big data, predictive social science and the U.S. DoD

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Thu Aug 13 08:45:12 CEST 2015


                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 29, No. 212.
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        Date: Wed, 12 Aug 2015 11:50:13 +0100
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: big data, predictive social science and the U.S. DoD


Colleagues here interested in the uses of analytic tools for big data 
might wish to read Roberto J. González, "Seeing into hearts and 
minds", in Anthropology Today 31.3 for June 2015 ("Part 1. The 
Pentagon's quest for a 'social radar'") and 31.4 for August ("Part 2. 
'Big data', algorithms, and computational counterinsurgency"). Wiley has 
these behind the usual sort of paywall.

The tapping into anthropology by political and military strategists 
is an old story, however. The same kind of thing happened, I recall, 
during WWII and in its wake. Those who advocate the need for 
academics to have demonstrable impact might consider from the 
history of anthropology what such popularity can entail.

Yours,
WM
-- 
Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/), Professor, Department of Digital
Humanities, King's College London, and Digital Humanities Research
Group, University of Western Sydney




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