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Big data, big challenges: Conclusion NRP 75

The National Research Programme «Big Data» (NRP 75) of the Swiss National Science Foundation investigated the opportunities and the challenges. On March 2, 2023, the final report was presented at a media conference.

The use of big data can improve our everyday lives: medical care, mobility and energy efficiency, or the supply of information.

At the same time, this increased use challenges us: in safeguarding democratic processes, equal treatment and fairness, regarding the right to anonymity in public spaces.

And ultimately, it is elusive to many: who understands the processes that take place behind user interfaces? What can they be used for? And how can the indispensable data flows be regulated in a meaningful way?

These and other questions were addressed by the National Research Program «Big Data» (NRP 75).

Various representatives of the DSI were involved in the program.

Click here for the final report.