PODCAST | Democracy Futures seminar: Small Data – Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte

This is part of the Democracy Futures seminar series, 4 May 2016




“Big Data” is increasingly synonymous with “Big Brother”. Individuals enter a Faustian pact without much thought, exchanging data for access to information they once called their own. Is there another way?

In this seminar Professor Durrant-Whyte describes a new way of thinking about data. Small Data, where individuals own their own data and the rights to access it, is people focussed. Small Data will fundamentally disrupt Big Data business models and change the way individuals engage with companies and governments of the future.

Hugh Durrant-Whyte is a Professor and ARC Federation Fellow at the University of Sydney. From 2010-2014, he was CEO of National ICT Australia (NICTA), and from 1995-2010 Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Systems and of the Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR). He has published over 350 research papers and founded four successful start-up companies. He has won numerous awards and prizes for his work, including being named the 2010 NSW Scientist of the Year.  He is a Fellow of the of the Australian Academy of Science (FAA), and a Fellow of the Royal Society of London (FRS).