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The Business of Data
Commercial Opportunities and Social Challenges in a World Fuelled by Data

ISBN 9780429427022
Published June 8, 2020 by Routledge
126 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book is about the rise of data as a driver of innovation and economic growth. It charts the evolution of business data as a valuable resource and explores some of the key business, economic and social issues surrounding the data-driven revolution we are currently going through.

Readers will gain an understanding of the historical underpinnings of the data business and why the collection and use of data has been driven by commercial needs. Readers will also gain insights into the rise of the modern data-driven technology giants, their business models and the reasons for their success. Alongside this, some of the key social issues including privacy are considered and the challenges these pose to policymakers and regulators. Finally, the impact of pervasive computing and the Internet of Things (IoT) is explored in the context of the new sources of data that are being generated.

This book is useful for students and practitioners wanting to better understand the origins and drivers of the current technological revolution and the key role that data plays in innovation and business success.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction  2 Origins of Business Data  3 Data generation and use in the 21st century; The rise of the new data monopolies.  4 Emerging Business Models of Data-Driven Companies  5 Challenges for policy and law makers; Privacy in a world of data.  6 Pervasive Computing and Data Futures  7 Conclusion

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Martin De Saulles is a Principal Lecturer at the University of Brighton, UK, teaching courses on innovation, marketing and business strategy.


"Data driven business is the way of the future; in order to understand what the challenges and opportunities of the emerging business of data are, we have to also look at the past." — Associate Professor Mika Westerlund, Carleton University