About this Issue
The Future of Privacy Forum’s big data work highlights the increasingly challenging intersection among data analytics, privacy, and ethics. In 2014, the Obama Administration engaged in a comprehensive “Big Data Review,” which explored how data can be used to generate new insights across a range of fields, from health care to the environment, while emphasizing the potential of risks of data to discriminate and undermine equal opportunity.
In support of this effort, FPF has released a report with the Anti-Defamation League that details beneficial uses of big data. The report cites how big data-driven studies have been used to expose and fight discrimination in death penalty sentencing, housing decisions, health-care offerings, school suspensions and police behavior. Our recent whitepaper encourages organizations to engage in a more thorough “data benefit analysis” to consider how the benefits of big data can be achieved.
Previously, in 2013, FPF teamed with the Stanford Center for Internet and Society to present a day-long workshop entitled “Big Data and Privacy: Making Ends Meet.” Papers submitted for this workshop are available here, and a selection were published in the Stanford Law Review Online.