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Beyond Privacy: Learning Data Ethics

14/11/2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm


WeNet was co-organizing the Beyond Privacy: Learning Data Ethics – European Big Data Community Forum 2019 on November 14, 2019 – 9:00-16:30 Solvay Library, Brussels 

The event hosted WeNet first Policy Workshop, which was run as a World Cafe’ format, with highly interactive participation of the attendees.

Dr Laura Schelenz presented “Diversity and Privacy: Opportunities and Challenges” in the morning within the Projects’ Panel and presented “Data for Diversity-Aware Technology: Some Ethical Considerations” within the afternoon session Human-centric big data governance: responsible ways to innovate privacy-preserving technologies.

For more info, download the workshop slides and the position paper.

Dr Laura Schelenz, International Center for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities, University of Tübingen

She studied American Studies and Peace and Conflict Research in Heidelberg and Frankfurt in Germany and stayed abroad in the USA and Hungary. She was involved in research and advocacy at the Heidelberg Institute for International Conflict Research, Human Rights Watch and World Vision Germany. Since September 2017, Laura works as a researcher at the IZEW. Her research deals with ethical and feminist perspectives on technology development.

Beyond Privacy: Learning Data Ethics | European Big Data Community Forum 2019

Big Data Analytics helps organizations, communities and individuals harness the value of growing amounts of data. According to recent forecasts, in 2025, the digital economy will multiply by 10 the volume of data now generated. While, on the one hand, this widespread use of data enables us to create more efficient and effective products and services, and fuel economic growth, on the other hand, this vast potential has created a new range of ethical challenges.

The dark side of data innovation is not only the result of uncontrolled data trading networks, which represent a huge risk to the privacy of individuals, allowing for misuse, but also emerges from numerous well-intentioned service providers who do not take basic measures to limit or protect sensitive data. Strong data protection, privacy-aware data management, transparent online services, and fair data trading approaches are the crucial aspects to be inherent to the EU data market.

Innovators, researchers and policy makers are asked to work together to ensure great safety and trust as foundations of both a responsible data economy and responsible innovation.

If you are active in Big Data research, policy or industry and are wondering how best to deal with ethical challenges, also in view of the rise of Artificial Intelligence, this event will make you aware of the most recent discussions about ethical principles and practical guidelines.

This event is organized by four EU-funded research projects focused on privacy protection technologies, transparency, legal compliance: e-SIDESSODASPECIAL, WeNet.