2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

In Data We Distrust: Fixing Online Privacy

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There is growing distrust over Internet data. Consumers fear how their information is collected and used, and companies struggle to maintain control over their data when transacting with third parties. This FUD is amplified by headlines about NSA snooping and recounting data-handling transgressions by Internet players — at least those we hear about. Can consumer and enterprise confidence be restored before the spigot gets turned down by users increasingly opting out or regulatory changes?

This Core Conversation will engage participants to think about how the online data ecosystem can evolve to better respect consumer privacy while still permitting commercial use of data. What new organizations, processes and technologies could fix a problem that has resisted solution by industry, government and standards-setting bodies? And what's the proper balance between the interests of the different players in the data game?



Joseph Galarneau

Founder & CEO


Joseph Galarneau is CEO and founder of Mezzobit, a New York-based start-up that offers tools for digital brands to manage, monitor, and simplify data collection on web and mobile properties and securely exchange information with business partners. He also founded DataNeutrality.org, a non-profit organization created to set standards of socially responsible data collection.

Prior to starting Mezzobit, Joe was chief product officer for NewsRight, a consortium of 29 major media companies such as The New York Times, Associated Press and Washington Post to create a global marketplace for news content and data. Previously, Joe served as chief operating officer and digital general manager of The Newsweek/Daily Beast Company and was chief technology officer for two leading online brands.

A frequent speaker on digital media, Joe is a founding academic advisor for the Yale University Publishing Course, and was an adjunct faculty member at New York University, where he taught digital product management and web/mobile analytics. He also served on the Amazon Web Services Global Customer Advisory Board and the national planning committee for the Internet Strategy Forum. He frequently teaches digital media internationally, having visited China, India, and Eastern Europe to deliver dozens of seminars. Joe received an MBA from Duke University and a BS in physics from N.C. State University.

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