New Center for Data Ethics, Law, and Policy

The Data Sciences Institute (DSI) is pleased to announce the creation of a new Center for Data Ethics, Law, and Policy.  The idea for the Center was hatched while the DSI was still being planned. The brainchild of Siva Vaidhyanathan, the idea was developed and refined by a large group of faculty from across grounds (from the College, the Library, and Schools of Medicine, Law, Engineering and Darden).  The broad mission of the Center will be to develop an understanding of, and perspectives on, the ethical, legal and policy issues in big data and to identify strategies and policies to address these issues.  The Center will have a local as well as a national and international thrust.  Locally it will bring together faculty and graduate students from across grounds to work together and to work with faculty who are engaged in research in the DSI. Nationally and internationally the Center the mission will be to generate debate and discusion and will include publishing research, making recommendations, and hosting workshops and conferences.  Deborah G. Johnson (the Ann Shirley Carter Olsson Professor Applied Ethics in SEAS's STS Program) will be the first Director of the Center with Siva Vaidhyanathan (Robertson Professor and Chair of the Department of Media Studies) and Ruth Bernheim (Chair, Department of Public Health Sciences, School of Medicine; Co-Director, Institute for Practical Ethics and Public Life) as Co-Directors.  The first major activity of the Center will be a small conference on Big Data Ethics, Law and Policy in April.