2016 Schedule

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

Is Your Biological Data Safe?

Friday, March 11
5:00PM - 6:00PM

Austin Convention Center
Room 6AB
531 E 4th St


We are in an era in which we are able to “read” biological data via the hardware, wetware, and software tools that are being made available through the technological advancements predicted in the “Carlson Curve," aka the “Moore’s Law" of biology. What do these advancements mean for our current notions of privacy? How could our own personal biological data potentially be used to help us, and how could it hurt us both as a society and as individuals? Join four stakeholders from different areas in the public, government, and private sectors to learn more.

Hashtags: #sxsw #BioData


Ellen Jorgensen at SXSW

Ellen Jorgensen

Exec Dir


Dr. Ellen Jorgensen is co-founder and director of Genspace, a nonprofit community laboratory dedicated to promoting citizen science and access to biotechnology. In 2011 she initiated Genspace’s awa...

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Jason Koebler at SXSW

Jason Koebler

Staff Writer


Jason Koebler is a staff writer at Motherboard, where he covers tech policy, security, synthetic biology, drones, and broadband access. He also hosts and produces the Radio Motherboard podcast, whe...

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Kate Black at SXSW

Kate Black

Privacy Officer & Corporate Counsel


Kate joined 23andMe in 2015 in the newly created role of privacy officer and corporate counsel. Her responsibilities include: developing, implementing, overseeing, and maintaining comprehensive pri...

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Sara Wood

Special Agent

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Special Agent(SA) Wood is an Assistant Weapons of Mass Destruction(WMD) Coordinator assigned to the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). SA Wood has a B.S. from Yale ...

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