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Decision Support News
D. J. Power, Editor
March 20, 2016             Vol. 17, No. 06


In this issue

1) Can 'Big Brother' watch us?
2) Recent Decision Support News Headlines
3) Upcoming Decision Support Conferences/Call for Papers


1) Can 'Big Brother' watch us?

by Daniel J. Power
Editor, DSSResources.com

"Big Brother" is a familiar metaphor that conjures up visions of political surveillance, political control of dissidents, totalitarian rule, and loss of individual liberty. George Orwell (1949) speculated in his novel Nineteen Eighty-Four about a future society where technology would help a ruling oligarchy control and dominate a pacified populace. Many have read his dystopian novel of a dehumanizing society. When the year 1984 was reached more than 30 years ago, there was a global, collective sigh of relief, we had avoided that prophecy. Big Brother's face was not haunting us on giant telescreens in Victory Square. The telescreens in our homes, offices and on the streets were not watching us and listening to us, the facts were not being edited and revised, a perpetual war did not provide the grounds for thought control and political repression. Information technology was not facilitating a totalitarian government. Computing and surveillance technologies were limited in 1984. Technology has advanced!

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2) Recent Decision Support Headlines

03/18/2016 Panel of leaders to discuss "thoughtful machines: thriving in the Internet of Things" Check release.

03/16/2016 Experian recognized with four awards at 2016 Marketing & Tech Innovation Awards. Check release.

3) Upcoming Decision Support Conferences/Call for Papers/Books

1. MWAIS 2016, May 19-20, Milwaukee, WI. Click here.

2. CFP: Friday, May 20, 2016, 11:59 PM PDT. IEEE DSAA'2016: Third International Conference on Data Science and Advanced Analytics, Montreal, Oct. 17-19, 2016. Click here.

3. 2016 Open Conference of the IFIP WG 8, June 22-24, 2016, University College Cork, Ireland. Check here.

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