Big Data and Governance: balancing risks and rewards

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Researchers, government agencies and commercial organisations collect and analyse huge quantities of data about what we do and buy, what health and lifestyle choices we make, and who we interact with on social media.

This year, POST has undertaken a suite of work on ‘big data’, investigating the opportunities and challenges it presents in fields such as business, healthcare, transport, energy, and crime and security, as well as the issues it creates for governance. Drawing a balance between maximising the utility of data and protecting personal privacy and civil rights, ensuring fairness and preventing discrimination poses difficult questions.

This panel discussion chaired by Dr Chris Tyler, Director of POST, brought together experts from across academia, government, industry and the third sector to debate where this balance should lie and different means of achieving it, based on issues raised by POST’s big data work and questions from the audience.


1.15pm Registration and refreshments

1.30pm Welcome from Mr Adam Afriyie MP, Chair of the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

1.40pm  Panel discussion chaired by Dr Chris Tyler, Director of POST

Professor Amanda Chessell FREng CEng FBCS, IBM Distinguished Engineer and Master Inventor, and Visiting Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Sheffield
Professor Carol Dezateux FMedSci CBE, Clinical Professor of Paediatric Epidemiology and Scientific Director and Principal Investigator of the Life Study, UCL Institute of Child Health
Mr Chris Fleming, Head of Data and Analytics, Government Office for Science
Mr Christopher Graham, Information Commissioner
Dr Susan Grant-Muller, Co-Investigator to the ESRC Consumer Data Research Centre and Senior Lecturer, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds
Mr Carl Miller, co-founder and Research Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media, Demos
Mr Matthew Rice, Advocacy Officer, Privacy International
Dr Emma Uprichard, Associate Professor, Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick

2.55pm  Chair’s concluding remarks

3.00pm  Close

This event was followed by POST's Information Age Reception.

This event was sponsored by Cubic Transportation Systems.


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