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Friday, June 14 • 10:30am - 11:45am
It's time for a bill of data rights

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Data is not a neutral representation of reality and technology is not a neutral tool. They are reflections of power: the power of those who collected the data and those who designed the technology. This power informs the substance of the news we consume, and the manner in which it is parcelled out to the public. It affects what information is made available, and what is hidden. It shapes the norms that have been set around data collection, usage, and privacy, along with the terms of public discourse, the basic health of democracies, and the structure of competition and markets. A new paradigm for understanding data and its uses and consequences is needed. This might draw on environmental analogies—thinking of data as akin to greenhouse gases, where small bits of pollution, individually innocuous, have calamitous collective consequences. Just as large amounts of greenhouse gases cause fundamental damage to the environment, a massive shift in the nature of privacy causes fundamental damage to the social fabric. We will consider how data rights policies can help protect both individual and groups. We will learn about the infrastructure needed to safeguard data rights, including data rights boards, data trusts, specialized data-rights litigators etc.

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Martin Tisné

Managing Director, Luminate

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Zeynep Tufekci

Associate Professor, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
I am an associate professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill at at the School of Information and Library Science, a contributing opinion writer at the New York Times, and a faculty associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Universi... Read More →

Friday June 14, 2019 10:30am - 11:45am BST
Oya 1 (Laico)