Alistair Croll

Data and Ethics: Etiquette and Law for an Always-On World

Date: This event took place live on November 05 2013

Presented by: Alistair Croll

Duration: Approximately 120 minutes.

Cost: Free

The human race is colonizing a second world—one with limitless connectivity, eternal memory, and frictionless access to information. It doesn't behave like the world we've lived in for millennia, and it demands new rules and norms.

Our jungle-surplus wetware has a hard time keeping up with the pace of change, and the constant optimization of analytics is a global Skinner Box for experimentation and exploitation. We need to re-think what's right, what's polite, and what's legal in this new world.

Unfortunately, legislation is decades behind reality, and online citizens are minting new policies for incrimination, anonymity, perversion, and community. In this online conference, we'll look at where ethics and the law are headed in an always-on, data-driven society.


The Spaghetti Fetish
Alistair Croll

As we move online, the definition of a community changes. Our neighbors aren't just those people physically near us, but those we hang out with. This flexible definition of a community has serious repercussions for law and social morals: when we find kindred spirits online, we start thinking that everyone is just like us. At the same time, different communities hold us to different standards, and now that those communities leak into one another we need to apply context to our judgement.

About Alistair Croll

Alistair has been an entrepreneur, author, and public speaker for nearly 20 years. He's worked on a variety of topics, from web performance, to big data, to cloud computing, to startups, in that time. In 2001, he co-founded web performance startup Coradiant (acquired by BMC in 2011), and since that time has also launched Rednod, CloudOps, Bitcurrent, Year One Labs, the Bitnorth conference, the International Startup Festival and several other early-stage companies.

Alistair is the chair of O'Reilly's Strata conference, Techweb's Cloud Connect, and the International Startup Festival. "Lean Analytics" is his fourth book on analytics, technology, and entrepreneurship. He lives in Montreal, Canada and tries to mitigate chronic ADD by writing about far too many things at "Solve For Interesting".


Ethics of Big Data: Balancing Risk and Innovation
Kord Davis

What are your organization's policies for generating and using huge datasets full of personal information? The big data phenomenon raises significant ethical questions that force organizations to reconsider business decisions concerning privacy and identity.

About Kord Davis

Kord Davis is a former Principal Consultant with Cap Gemini and has spent nearly 20 years providing business strategy, analysis, and technical consulting to over 100 organizations of all sizes including: Autotask, Microsoft, Intel, Sisters of Mercy Healthcare, Nike, Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), Northwest Energy Alliance (NEEA), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Western Digital, Fluke, Merix, Roadway Express, and Gardenburger. Integrating a professional background in telecommunications and an academic background in philosophy, he brings passionate curiosity, the rigor of analysis, and a love of how technology can help us do the things we really want to do better, faster, and easier. A formally trained workgroup facilitator, he holds a BA in Philosophy from Reed College and professional certifications in communication, systems modeling, and enterprise transformation.


Compliance with Legislation & Embracing Privacy by Design
Aurélie Pols

Linking data usage back to an ever faster evolving legal reality, however out of touch, what are those legal boundaries we all need to be aware of while gathering more datasets? While Privacy Risk Assessments & PIAs still mainly focus on the probability of being fined, the scope should be enlarged to take into consideration brand reputation & consumer trust. Turn the "Privacy debate" into an opportunity, signaling to your customers your awareness of their sensitivity.

About Aurélie Pols

Aurélie pioneered digital analytics in Europe by stating vendor independence & focusing on the interaction of tools and data to support her clients' business strategies. This allowed her to co-found OX2 in Belgium in 2003, which was successfully sold to UK based LBi/Publicis in 2008. In 2012 she co-founds Mind Your Group in Spain addressing issues revolving around digital analytics, broadening the scope to include Social Media and Privacy. After a decade of gathering technical knowledge about the use of analytics tools through a range of certifications, she focuses on delivering value to the bottom line with keeping an eye on data protection legislation, pushing Privacy by Design agenda. Her main focus, besides coaching analysts and data officers, are data integrations and visualizations; digital analytics teams with their HR set-up & Privacy within the context of Big Data.


About Amanda Pustilnik

Amanda C. Pustilnik is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Maryland School of Law, where she teaches Criminal Law, Evidence, and Law & Neuroscience. Her current research includes work on models of mind in criminal law, evidentiary issues presented by neuroscientific work on memory, and the role of pain in different legal domains. Prior to joining the University of Maryland, she was a Climenko fellow and lecturer on law at Harvard Law School. Before entering the legal academy, she practiced litigation with Covington & Burling and with Sullivan & Cromwell, where she focused on white collar criminal matters. Prof. Pustilnik also clerked for the Hon. Jose A. Cabranes on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She graduated Yale Law School and Harvard College, and has been a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge, Emmanuel College, in the History and Philosophy of Science department. Prof. Pustilnik has also worked at McKinsey & Company as a management consultant and is a member of the board of directors of the John Harvard Scholarships.


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