Data can sometimes feel a little overwhelming to talk about as a subject. We get that. However, these talks both easily break things down and suggest new and innovative ways of using data for social good. We’re big fans.

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1. Marie Wallace: the Ethics of Collecting Data

An analytics strategist at IBM, Marie Wallace grapples with a central question in big data: how do we maintain privacy while garnering valuable insight from data? This tension between individual rights and the potential for data to enrich our lives and inform social good is reconciled through her innovative ‘privacy by design approach’ implemented at IBM. A great listen for anyone considering how to be a frontrunner in responsible data practices.


2. Derek Banta: What if our data could be protected online?

Data enthusiast and speaker Derek Banta questions the ease with which we give our data away online, multiple times a day. He touches upon the basic reasons for this, ease, convenience and a serious lack of alternatives for the average person. Fascinatingly, he argues that we should make privacy the business model: migrating from an ‘e-commerce world to an anonymous commerce world, or a-commerce world for short’. Food for thought for your next online order!


3. Using corporate data to improve our lives: Stefaan Verhulst

In this hopeful and detailed discussion, technology researcher Stefaan Verhulst takes us on a tour of examples of how big data collected by corporations have been essential in disaster relief, and how this could be just the beginning. Firm in his assertion that we need a new kind of data responsibility, he argues that there should be three pillars underpinning this new paradigm: a duty to share, a duty to protect, and a responsiveness to actually act upon the data and the insights generated from it.

Want to know more about this topic? Paul Conneally’s talk How mobile phones power disaster relief provides some great examples of this, and can be found here.


4. ‘How Data Brokers Sell Your Identity’ Madhumita Murgia:

Using personal anecdotes, discoveries and insights, as well as drawing upon academic research, tech journalist Madhumita Murgia explains how data brokers work. A fantastic speaker, prepare to be surprised and entertained. If you’re interested in learning more about how data profiling works, check out our blog explaining the ins and outs here!



5. ‘Let’s pool our medical data’ John Wilbanks

Providing a different perspective on data privacy, the founder of WeConsent.us and ‘Data Commons Advocate’ John Wilbanks deftly argues for the importance and potential of data sharing in science. Talking through the ethical and procedural steps to create an ‘open, massive, mine-able database of data and health and genomics’, he emphasises the need for a different approach to defeat some of humanity’s greatest health problems.



6. ‘Why Privacy Matters’ Glenn Greenwald

In this wide-ranging and erudite talk, the journalist Glenn Greenwald first discusses different ideas surrounding privacy- including the argument that we should only be concerned about privacy if we have something to hide- and then Edward Snowden. One of the first reporters to see the Snowden files, his perspective provides truly unique insights.  

Enjoyed these? We hope so.

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