Is Data the Oil of the 21st Century?

Thursday, March 2, 2017 @ The GovLab, 2 Metrotech Center, 9th Floor, Brooklyn 11201

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Is Data the Oil of the 21st Century?

Learning from History: From a Century of Oil to a Century of Data

Oil dominated our economies throughout the 20th century, strategies for access to oil influenced foreign policies and oil changed not only our mobility but also our everyday lives. It’s said that data will have a similar influence on the 21st century, impacting and even changing everything around us. Even if the phrase “Data is the oil of the 21st century” is mostly used for marketing, this analogy has a deeper meaning.

Malte Spitz will discuss his upcoming book, “Is Data the Oil of the 21st Century?”, which looks at the impact of oil on our societies, economies and geopolitics in the 20th century and draws comparisons to the impact of data in the 21st century. Even if history doesn’t repeat itself, we can learn from the oil-age and apply it to this new century of data. Spitz presents no glorification or pessimism, but new ideas for a century where data will challenge everything.

Malte Spitz is an author, activist and politician from Germany. He served seven years on the Executive Committee of the German Green Party and has been a member of their board since 2013. Currently he is Secretary General of the new NGO “Gesellschaft für Freiheitsrechte” (Society for Civil Rights) working on strategic litigation in the field of human rights. His book “What are you doing with my data?” was published in 2014. As a Fellow at the Bucerius Lab of Zeit Foundation Ebelin and Gerd Bucerius, he is working on his second book about “Is Data the oil of the 21st century?” looking back on the impact of oil on our societies, economies and geopolitics in the 20th century and drawing comparisons to the impact of data in the 21st century and what we can learn in this regard from the oil-age. He lives with his wife and two children in Berlin.

www.malte-spitz.de

@maltespitz

 

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