Speaking at Privacy Identity Innovation conference (pii2011): Building Trust in a Digital Age
I am excited to announce that I will be participating in a roundtable session at pii2011. The topic I will be discussing is something that I spend quite a bit of time on both professionally and personally: Getting Personal with Big Data. It is a topic I have blogged about, several times including here and here and it forms a big part of the Ebook I am co-authoring as well. (We haven’t worked out the details yet, but we got permission from our publisher, O’Reilly, to give away the first chapter of the book at the show so look for an announcement on how to get it if you will be attending.)
As a company in the big data and analytics space, it is important for us to understand the issues of privacy as it applies to big data sets, singularly and in aggregate. And while the “greater good” benefits of big data analysis are significant, our industry must also address, in a proactive way, the data privacy issues that can result. After all, if we do not, we will lose the trust of the very people that we rely on for much of our data: the consumers. And once trust is lost, much more restrictive regulations will result which will impact the many valuable benefits of big data analysis.
This is why the Privacy Identity Innovation conference is so important. Its focus is on exploring how emerging technologies and business models are impacting data creation, sharing, and aggregation in the digital age. Speakers and moderators represent what I can only say are the “who’s who” in the data privacy, identity, and security world: from Fran Maier, CEO of TrustE, to Jim Adler, Chief Privacy Officer at Intelius, to Laura Berger, senior attorney in the Division of Privacy and Identity Protection at the FTC, to Ryan Calo, the Director of Stanford Law School’s Consumer Privacy Project, to technology luminaries like the esteemed Esther Dyson, currently training as a backup cosmonaut in her spare time. There are, of course, many more and I can only say that I am excited to be included with such a distinguished group. And while I hope to add value, I am sure that I am going to learn a lot about one of the defining issues of the 21st century.
To sign up for pii2011, go here and you can always follow the conference on Twitter (@TechPolicy). I will be blogging my conference insights as well (May 19 and 20) and you can follow my Tweets (@TerenceCraig) during the conference proceedings.
Hope to see you there.