[Humanist] 29.212 big data, predictive social science and the U.S. DoD
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willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Thu Aug 13 08:45:12 CEST 2015
Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 29, No. 212.
Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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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.
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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