2015 Schedule
Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22

From Digital Sharecropping to Data Emancipation

Saturday, March 14
5:00PM - 6:00PM

JW Marriott
Salon B
110 E 2nd St


Join us as we turn the lenses of art, technology and futures on the world of digital sharecropping and personal data freedom. Clicks, likes, spending, location, social circles, brands, driving speed, medical maladies…the intimate details of our physical and online lives are being harvested, aggregated and analyzed in the name of corporate profits. We are digital sharecroppers in the connected world. But what if we, “the users” could take back our data? What if it turns into a big data party with an ecosystem of apps where normal folks benefit? Forward-thinking companies large and small will be the ones to share all the data collected with their users. Social pressure will reward those who authentically share data with their customers, and punish companies who stubbornly stay silent and stalk their users for profit. A data artist, a futurist, a technologist and a policy maker will explore how we turn this upside down and propose a completely different data privacy future.


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Gene Becker

Sr Dir UX Technology

Samsung Research America

Gene Becker (@genebecker) is Sr Director of UX Technology & Strategy at Samsung, developing next-generation experiences for mobile humans. Previously at HP laboratories, Gene led research in contex...

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Julia Lane

Institute Fellow

American Institutes for Research

Julia Lane is a senior managing economist and Institute Fellow at American Institute for Research, professor of economics, BETA University of Strasbourg CNRS, Chercheur, Observatoire des Sciences e...

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Laurie Frick

Data Artist


Laurie Frick is a data artist exploring patterns of self-tracking….sensors, surveillance, what will it all mean? Using her background in engineering and high-technology she offers a glimpse into th...

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Mike Liebhold

Sr Researcher, Distinguished Fellow

Institute for the Future

As a senior researcher and distinguished fellow at IFTF, Mike researches and disseminates information about the technological underpinnings of tomorrow’s world, including the mobile web, immersive ...

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