April 2014 Big Data: Values and Governance

April 1, 2014 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Banatao Auditorium, Sutardja Dai Hall, UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA

Hosted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the UC Berkeley School of Information, and the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology.

This workshop is the last in a series of three events co-hosted
by the OSTP and academic institutions across the country in response to
President Obama’s
call for a review of privacy issues in the context of increased digital information and the computing power to process it.

Advance registration required. The event will also be live-streamed online.

About the Workshop

This workshop will examine the policy and governance questions raised
by the use of large and complex data sets and sophisticated analytics
to fuel decision-making across all sectors of the economy, academia and
government. The event will feature a series of panel discussions, a
closing roundtable, and keynote address.

The goal of this workshop is to broaden the policy conversation along
two dimensions. First, the workshop will explore the range of values
that may be challenged by the growing use of big data techniques.

These values include:

(1) A variety of privacy-related values, including
control over both personal information and physical being, and autonomy
in decision-making;

(2) Anti-discrimination values, including concerns
about preserving fairness in an economic and political environment
shaped by the growing technological capabilities to store and analyze
data; and

(3) Concerns about democratic values,
accountability, and social cohesion where data-driven “personalization”
fosters in an increasingly fragmented society.

Second, the workshop will explore the range of mechanisms —
regulatory, professional, and organizational — that can help ensure
these values are protected. After identifying both the values at issue
and the current instruments and practices for protecting those values,
participants will seek to identify gaps between the two. This initial
work will inform the conversation around fostering a big data
environment that allows society to benefit from the insights of big data
in a manner that remains true to societal values of individual privacy,
democracy, and fairness.

To register, visit the event page.