2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Data Ethics in the Age of the Quantified Society

Sunday, March 13
12:30PM - 1:30PM

JW Marriott
Salon 3-4
110 E 2nd St

The world is awash in new forms of data and ever-improving ways to use it, but technological advances have greatly outpaced the evolution of the ethical, policy, and legal frameworks that guide their use. Placing too much regulation or limitations on the use of data risks undermining its potential to help solve complex social and scientific problems, spur innovation, and advance legitimate business activities. However, without critical examination of the potential misuse of data and thoughtful responses to mitigate it, data and information technologies could be deployed in ways that can harm individuals and communities by negatively impacting privacy, security, fairness, and equality.

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Ashkan Soltani at SXSW

Ashkan Soltani

Independent Researcher


Ashkan Soltani is an independent researcher and technologist specializing on issues relating to privacy, security, and behavioral economics. His work draws attention to privacy problems online, dem...

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Julia Angwin at SXSW

Julia Angwin

Sr Reporter


Julia Angwin is a senior reporter at ProPublica. From 2000 to 2013, she was a reporter at The Wall Street Journal, where she led a privacy investigative team that was a finalist for a Pulitzer Priz...

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Kate Crawford at SXSW

Kate Crawford

Principal Researcher

Microsoft Research

Kate Crawford is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research New York City, a Visiting Professor at MIT's Center for Civic Media, and a Senior Fellow at NYU's Information Law Institute. Her resear...

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Nicole Wong at SXSW

Nicole Wong

Sr Advisor

Nicole Wong is the former U.S. Deputy Chief Technology Officer focusing on internet, privacy and innovation policy. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Nicole served as the Legal Director fo...

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