1st National Conference on Big Data Ethics, Law, and Policy

April 11, 2014 | 10:00 am

Sponsored by the University of Virginia Data Sciences Institute and the Institute for Practical Ethics Working Group on Big Data Ethics

April 11, 2014
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia

The challenges and opportunities of big data derive from the massive amounts of data being collected, aggregated, and processed as well as the techniques used for the processing (data analytics).  How will big data change science and the nature of knowledge?  How will it affect healthcare, transportation, business, etc.?  Who, if anyone, owns data?  Is there a threat to privacy when personal data is buried in massive, processed data? What are the value-biases built into particular analytics?  Are there categories that should never be used in analyzing personal data?  Should some data be publicly available to all researchers?  Public discussion, legal analysis and decisions, and policy choices will powerfully shape the development and use of the tools, techniques, knowledge, and applications of new data sciences. This conference will be devoted to discussion of the big ethical, legal, and policy issues around big data.

Keynote Speakers:

danah boyd
Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, a Research Assistant Professor in Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, and a Fellow at Harvard's Berkman Center.  boyd’s research examines social media, youth practices, tensions between public and private, social network sites, and other intersections between technology and society.

Michael Zimmer
Assistant Professor at the School of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Director of the Center for Information Policy Research.

With a background in new media and Internet studies, the philosophy of technology, and information policy & ethics, Zimmer focuses on the ethical dimensions of new media and information technologies, with particular interest in Internet privacy, social media, internet research ethics, and pragmatic engagements in values-in-design.


MORNING:  Wilson Hall 402

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10:00 – 10:50 Keynote Speaker:  danah boyd, What You Think You See: Privacy, Ethics, and Interpretation in an Era of "Big Data"
11:00 – 11: 50 Panel Discussion: Ethical, Legal and Policy Issues in Big Data and New Media, Moderator: Chris Ali, Media Studies Panelists: Siva Vaidhyanathan, Media Studies; Julie McEwen, MITRE Corporation; Fan Mai, Sociology

Noon – 2 pm – Lunch Break

AFTERNOON – Lower West Room of the Rotunda
2:00 – 2:50 Keynote Speaker: Michael Zimmer, Infrastructure, Code, and Justice: Gaps in our Ethical Discourse on Big Data
3:00 – 3:50 Panel Discussion: Genomic Data: The Tale of the Elephant, Moderator: Ruth Bernheim, Panelists: Steve Rich, Public Health Sciences; Paul Targonsk, Public Health Sciences; James Childress, Religious Studies; Stuart Shapiro, MITRE Corporation; Don Detmer, Public Health Sciences

For further information contact: Deborah G. Johnson (dgj7p@virginia.edu)