We live in what some have called an information apocalypse. Often harvested in real time through sensors, algorithms, and analog portals, data of all types is used to shape our daily realities, or help us make sense of them through infographics and visualizations. This “Big Data,” which includes crowdsourced images and information, can positively impact outcomes in scenarios ranging from cancer treatments to disaster zones, but such data is rarely neutral and unbiased. This section explores how information is created, stored, and used today, what it reveals and hides, and how this might change in future scenarios.
Luiza Prado de O. Martins