Big Data And Information Privacy

2076 Words May 1st, 2016 9 Pages
Davis Model United Nations Conference 2016
Committee: CSTD
Country: Indonesia
Topic 1: Big Data and Information Privacy
Topic Background The amount of data on the planet in 2014 was around 4.4 zettabytes. It’s expected to grow to 44ZB by the year 2020. It’s also predicted that by 2020, the amount of information produced by machines will account for about 10% of data on earth. One Zettabyte is 1000 Exabytes or 1 Billion Terrabytes. To put it in perspective, with one exabyte of data, a person can watch 36,000 years worth of HD videos. So, with one zettabyte of data, thousands of generations can watch 36 million years of HD videos. One doesn’t have to be Albert Einstein to know that the amount of data usage on this planet will reach astonishing amounts in less than 4 years.1
Big Data is exclusive to big companies and corporations. But before we jump into the topic, let us discuss the topic itself: the definition of big data. Big Data is categorized as “a term that describes the large volume of data – both structured and unstructured – that inundates a business on a day-to-day basis”.2 Simply put, big data is huge amounts of digital data that performs important business functions including monitoring a situation as it goes, stopping a crisis before it happens, predict an event that is likely to happen, etc.3 A common misconception is that Big Data can “read minds” and “predict the future”. If there is a particular program or a certain change about to be implemented into a…
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