Big Data: Does Size Matter?

The second of two summer ‘Tetley Talks’ on the themes of ‘Time & Data

The Leeds Salon welcomes back broadcaster and writer Timandra Harkness to discuss her book, Big Data: does size matter?

Big data knows where you’ve been and who your friends are. It knows what you like and what makes you angry. Big data knows you better than you know yourself, they tell us. But how well do you know big data? 

Since Timandra’s book came out in 2016, a lot more people are thinking and worrying about big data, whether it’s tech companies tracking us around the internet, nefarious campaigners targeting us with political adverts, or DNA companies sharing our genetic profiles with the police. 

Come and find out what you should be worrying – and arguing – about.



Saturday 29 June 2019


Doors open 2:45pm for 3pm start to 4:45pm




useful reading:

Kirkus Review, June 2016

Oakland vs Big Data Brother, Timandra Harkness, Spiked, August 2016

If you want to get ahead, take a risk, Timandra Harkness, UnHerd, 5 April 2019

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