Transformations of trust in society: a systematic review on how access to big data in energy systems challenges Scandinavian culture

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In the era of information technology and big data, the extraction, commodification, and control of personal information are redefining how people relate and interact. In Scandinavian countries, it is intrinsic to the culture to share similar values in order to achieve social trust. Consequently, these countries have the highest social trust rate worldwide (Beilman, Lilleoja 2015). However, even the most trustable societies can be challenged by the conflicts of interest that are induced through the use of big data. In this chapter, the focus is to find the connections of Scandinavian culture of trust, in particular, when it comes to the collection of big data generated through smart meters. To identify these connections we decided to take a systematic approach that includes: 1. an analysis of what can be found on the Internet. We adopt this approach because this is where a significant amount of public discussion takes place. 2. A systematic literature review of scientific articles indexed in the Scopus platform for a period of 10 years (2008 until 2018). We synthesize the results with a focus on demographic characteristics, the subject area, the concept and main claims they do, as well as the results they provide. State of the art, advances and gaps were identified with focus on the concepts of surveillance capitalism, big data, data ethics and Scandinavian trust in the context of smart grids.
TitelEnergy Research & Social Science
StatusUnder udarbejdelse - 21 jan. 2020