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Understood as the basic resource of communicative capitalism, big data has the characteristic of being self-renewing. It is inexhaustible and co-extensive with the reproduction of social life. It reaches through and beyond work, even beyond the reproduction of workers, into the social substance itself.
UPS installed sensors as well as GPS in its trucks in an effort to increase efficiency and control costs. Data on more than 200 elements is collected, including truck speed, number of times the truck is put in reverse, driver seat belt use, the length of time a truck is idling.
Many such enterprises “track the time employees arrive, what they do at work, when they leave for breaks, the times they call in sick, schedule details, personal information and much more”, writes the author, Bill Barlow. Workforce analytics lets a company use this information “to optimize its labor force by scheduling the right mix of full-time, part-time and temporary labor on a variety of schedules”.
Approached in terms of class struggle, big data looks like further escalation of capital’s war against labor.
If earlier waves of automation displaced industrial workers, big data portends the displacement of post-industrial or knowledge workers
The value in and of big data is for capital, not for the people from whom it is expropriated.
“Big data” is a neologism referring to the mass collection, storage, and organization of data. Such data is usually gathered by independent firms while interacting with apps, but in recent years, law enforcement has started using big data using their own data.
Data collected may include interaction with apps, but also includes personal details as well, and so much so that firms can deduce personal information based purely on your interaction with apps.
A precondition for big data is the commodification of data.