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'just Because We Can With Data, Doesn't Mean We Should'

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Data scientists should have a strong moral compass in order to handle big data, according to DJ Patil, deputy chief technology officer for data policy and chief data scientist at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

"Every data science, computer science, stats, econ, or other class-using data must have ethics as a central part of their curriculum," Patil said during an online forum. "Just because we can with data, doesn’t mean we should."

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