What are our Rights and Responsibility Over Data?

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Big data analytics is the secret sauce of the American polity and economy—widely utilized but poorly understood. Big data analytics often requires a huge supply of personal data (both individual and collective data), which is collected, anonymized, and then grouped. Organizations use various types of big data analytics to make decisions, correlations, and predictions about their constituents and stakeholders. 


However, recent history is rife with examples of bias and individual as well as collective data-driven  harms (harms to groups of individuals). For example, a 2019 study, published by Science found that some U.S. hospitals and insurers managed care by utilizing an algorithm that discriminated against people of color with complex medical needs. Policymakers bear some of the blame; modern American privacy law encourages companies to extract as much value as possible from personal data in the short term.  


In this webinar, two speakers will present different visions of data governance and describe strategies to address individual and collective harms.  Our first speaker, Martin Tisné, is the Managing director of Luminate, and the author of  The Data Delusion, Protecting Individual Data is not Enough when the Harm is Collective, which inspired this webinar. Our second speaker, Janet Haven, is the Executive Director of Data & Society, a NYC based independent nonprofit research institute that studies the social implications of data-centric technologies and automation . The webinar will take the format of a debate: each will have 8 minutes to present their position and then each speaker will have up to 4 minutes each to respond. Then we will open the floor up to webinar participants for questions and comments. 



Martin Tisne, Managing Director, Luminate

Janet Haven, Executive Director, Data and Society 


You can email questions in advance to [email protected] or by using the Q&A function at the bottom of your screen during the webinar. Please note that we will disable chats, video, and audio of attendees.


Please contact [email protected] with any questions about the webinar or the Hub’s educational efforts. See you soon. 


This event is free, public and open to the media.