Journal of Bioethical Inquiry

, Volume 14, Issue 4, pp 485–488 | Cite as

Ethics and Epistemology of Big Data

  • Wendy Lipworth
  • Paul H. Mason
  • Ian Kerridge
Symposium: Ethics and Epistemology of Big Data


In this Symposium on the Ethics and Epistemology of Big Data, we present four perspectives on the ways in which the rapid growth in size of research databanks—i.e. their shift into the realm of “big data”—has changed their moral, socio-political, and epistemic status. While there is clearly something different about “big data” databanks, we encourage readers to place the arguments presented in this Symposium in the context of longstanding debates about the ethics, politics, and epistemology of biobank, database, genetic, and epidemiological research.


Big data Biobank Database Databank Consent Privacy Research ethics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sydney Health Ethics, The University of Sydney Medical Foundation Building (K25)University of SydneySydneyAustralia
  2. 2.School of Social SciencesMonash UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  3. 3.Sydney Health Ethics, The University of Sydney Haematology Department, Royal North Shore HospitalSydneyAustralia

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