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Roger Clarke's 'Responsible Data Analytics'

The Responsible Application of Data Analytics

Presentation to D2D CRC, Adelaide, 2 August 2018

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Excitement abounds concerning the benefits that might be gained from big data. However, as data science begins to be applied in business and government, questions are being asked. Auditors, public relations executives and Board Directors want to be satisfied that negative impacts have been recognised and mitigated, and that risks have been managed. Proponents of data analytics need to be able to show that their projects won't cause grief.

A project conducted at the Australian National University has established a framework for ensuring that data anaytics projects are undertaken responsibly. It comprises 'Guidelines for Responsible Data Analytics', comprising a checklist of Do's and Don'ts, mapped onto a business process model in order to identify the appropriate point at which each of the checks is most usefully performed.

The researchers are looking to work with companies, government agencies, product suppliers and consultants in order to build a small set of case studies of the framework's application to data analytics projects.


Clarke R. (2018) 'Guidelines for the Responsible Application of Data Analytics' Computer Law & Security Review 34, 3 (May-Jun 2018) 467- 476,, PrePrint at

Clarke R. & Taylor K. (2018) 'Towards Responsible Data Analytics: A Process Approach' Proc. Bled eConference, 17-20 June 2018, PrePrint at

Other Resources

Wigan M.R. & Clarke R. (2013) 'Big Data's Big Unintended Consequences' IEEE Computer 46, 6 (June 2013) 46 - 53, PrePrint at

Clarke R. (2016a) 'Big Data, Big Risks' Information Systems Journal 26, 1 (January 2016) 77-90, PrePrint at

Clarke R. (2016b) 'Quality Assurance for Security Applications of Big Data' Proc. European Intelligence and Security Informatics Conference (EISIC), Uppsala, 17-19 August 2016, PrePrint at


The second of the papers on which this presentation is based was co-authored with Kerry Taylor, Associate Professor in Data Science at ANU. The papers have benefited from feedback from a range of colleagues and reviewers, and from participants at the Bled Conference in June 2018.

Author Affiliations

Roger Clarke is Principal of Xamax Consultancy Pty Ltd, Canberra. He is also a Visiting Professor in Cyberspace Law & Policy at the University of N.S.W., and a Visiting Professor in the Research School of Computer Science at the Australian National University. He has been on the Board of the Australian Privacy Foundation since its formation in 1987, and is Company Secretary of the Internet Society of Australia.

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