Introduction to the Handbook on the Politics and Governance of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence
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Big Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) have pervaded all aspects of modern life. When discussing their effects, one is too easily tempted to understand the terms themselves not as metaphors or broad themes, but as denoting actual processes. Looking at these technologies through the perspective of Data Science allows to dig deeper in the toolbox and to investigate the dynamics between the technical aspects, societal dynamics and governance implications of Big Data and AI. The purpose of the present handbook is to highlight the mutual effects of Big Data and AI on society. The contributions focus on governance aspects, political implications, the impact of Big Data and AI on international relations, as well as emerging initiatives for legal regulation. We are in the very beginning of the formation process of regulatory frameworks for Big Data and AI. And there are still many open questions, many problems yet to be discovered, and many governance and regulatory holes to be plugged.

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