Big Data and Privacy: Making Ends Meet Conference


Big Data and Privacy: Making Ends Meet

Solutions to many pressing economic and societal challenges may be found in better understanding data, from safer cities to cleaner air, but as the amount and variety of data collection continues to increase, our data-driven society also poses serious concerns about infringements on privacy.  The need for a way forward is evident, and both corporate executives and privacy experts see a solution in a mixture of new rules and new technological tools.

In the spirit of bringing together Big Data and Privacy, the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and the Stanford Center for Internet and Society (CIS) organized a day-long workshop on September 10th, 2013 at:

Microsoft Innovation and Policy Center
901 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

Rayid Ghani, co-founder of Edgeflip, an analytics startup building social media analytics products for non-profits and social good organizations, and the former Chief Scientist at the Obama for America 2012 campaign, provided a keynote address.

Jennifer Stoddart, Privacy Commissioner of Canada, provided brief closing remarks.

Tentative Schedule:

This event was preceded by a call for papers, which were selected into four topic areas.

9:00-9:05                           Quick Introduction

9:05-10:15 AM                  Framing Big Data and Privacy

General discussion of policy frameworks and thinking about Big Data.

  • Martin Abrams, Information Accountability Foundation
  • Deirdre Mulligan, Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley School of Information; Co-Director, Berkeley Center for Law and Technology (discussing It’s Not Privacy & It’s Not Fair with Cynthia Dwork)
  • Neil Richards, Professor of Law, Washington University School of Law (discussing Three Paradoxes of Big Data with Jonathan King)
  • Omer Tene, Senior Fellow, Future of Privacy Forum (discussing Privacy & Big Data: Making Ends Meet with Jules Polonetsky)
  • Erik Jones, Policy Director & Assistant Attorney General, Office of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan
  • Jules Polonetsky, Co-Chair, Future of Privacy Forum (Moderator)


Other recommended papers:


10:15-10:30                      Coffee break

10:30-11:45 AM             Social Ramifications of Big Data

Discussion about how society and social order is being changed by ubiquitous data collection and use.


11:45-1:00 PM                   Lunch + Keynote

  • Rayid Ghani, Chief Scientist, Obama for America 2012
  • Introduction by Christopher WolfCo-Chair, Future of Privacy Forum


1:00-2:15 PM                     Government Use of Big Data

Discussion about government use of data—what limitations should be put in place?  How can government use data better?

  • Bryan Cunningham, Principal, Cunningham Partners
  • Jessica Earle, J.D./M.A. Candidate, University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law/Carleton University, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (discussing Prediction, Preemption, Presumption with Ian Kerr)
  • Susan Freiwald, Professor, University of San Francisco School of Law (discussing Managing the Muddled Mass of Big Data)
  • Paul Ohm, Associate Professor, University of Colorado Law School
  • Jay Stanley, Senior Policy Analyst, American Civil Liberties Union
  • Jennifer Granick, Director of Civil Liberties, Stanford Center for Internet & Society (Moderator)


2:15-2:30                            Refreshment break

2:30-3:45 PM                   New Legal Regimes for Data Governance

Discussion about how law/regulations can be adapted to what’s “new” about Big Data. 

  • Dennis HirschProfessor of Law, Capital University Law School (discussing The Glass House Effect)
  • Justin Brookman, Director, Consumer Privacy, Center for Democracy & Technology (discussing Why Collection Matters with G.S. Hans)
  • Michael Donohue, Senior Policy Analyst, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
  • Christian Fjeld, Senior Counsel, Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee
  • Felix Wu, Associate Professor, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (discussing Big Data Threats)
  • Christopher WolfCo-Chair, Future of Privacy Forum (Moderator)


Other recommended papers:

3:45-5:00 PM                      Technological Solutions – and Challenges

Discussion of Big Data’s challenges from a technical perspective.  How can technology and PETs be used to alleviate concerns about Big Data’s risks? And maximize its benefits?

  • Khaled El EmamAssociate Professor & Canada Research Chair at the University of Ottawa – Faculty of Medicine; CEO of Privacy Analytics
  • Elizabeth Grossman, Technology Policy Group, Microsoft Corporation
  • Maritza Johnson, Technical Privacy Manager, Facebook
  • Jonathan Mayer, Graduate Fellow, Computer Science and Law, Stanford University (discussing Privacy Substitutes with Arvind Narayanan)
  • Ira Rubinstein, Senior Fellow, Information Law Institute, New York University (discussing Big Data: A Pretty Good Privacy Solution)
  • Omer Tene, Senior Fellow, Future of Privacy Forum (Moderator)


Other recommended papers:


5:00 PM                   Closing Remarks

  • Jennifer Stoddart, Privacy Commissioner of Canada


5:15 PM                   Reception at Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center

Generous sponsorship provided by the following:


For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Barbara Kelly at [email protected].