Summary: Largely critical book chapter that strikes a need to re-frame humanitarian big data as a complex, socially contextualized artifact. Outlines the promise and peril of gathering collective intelligence (situational awareness), surveillance, and assessing big data from the perspective of the refugee crisis in Europe.
Synthesis: The chapter cites several works that bolster my research agenda of “Information is Humanitarian Aid.” Also addresses some finer points on threat surveillance that stems from how classifications and categories are framed. This issue also gets at post-colonial interpretations of people, places, and events. (See: Winner, Do Artifacts Have Politics? / Bowker and Star, Sorting things out: Classification and its consequences. / Irani, Post-Colonial Computing). The chapter doesn’t engage at all with temporal aspects of big data in crisis context.