Most of the resources selected by the authors underline how open data allows for more innovations, how it increases transparency, accountability and good governance, how it empowers individuals, and how it fosters improvements in both the private and public sectors etc.
But could we know too much ? What are the ethical and legal limits to open data ?
(and cf. “less is more” : what do we do with so much data ? Aren’t we swamped ?)
Perhaps the question is not so much if ‘we can know too much’ (who is the we that is being referred to – humans or machines, or humans accessing selectively information through machines?) but rather what can we humans do with our brainspace when we don’t have to memorise and know everything that computers can know for us? For example, it’s been argued by some that the arrival of the mobile phone with a phonebook made it unnecessary for us to memorise several phone numbers, potentially freeing up memory (as on a computer). If we wouldn’t have to occupy our brains or our time with knowledge and tasks that can be performed by machines, could we ‘unlock’ some new memory and capabilities of our own and really use our human judgement (or whatever you’d like to call it) to complement the machines?
I think your question is a good one because when I red all the documents provided on moodle I had the same feeling as you. We only see open data in a positive way but nothing about the ethical point of view of the exploitation of our datas,etc. I think we should talk about this on monday with the 4 experts.