Big data is reshaping the world. Only time will tell whether this is good or bad for our society – a determination that will not be founded on technology, but rather on whether or not the people managing it are capable of harnessing it for the safety, security and good of a civil society.

Americans and consumers across the globe continuously disseminate all types of information. Health records, personal Internet browsing habits, financial data and myriad other personal information fill a massive pool of data that can be mined for patterns and trends to positively effect changes in society.

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