The Big Data Revolution: Privacy Considerations

The Information Technology revolution has produced a data revolution—now commonly referred to as “big data”—in which massive amounts of data can be collected, stored and analyzed at relatively low cost. While the benefits of big data are numerous, from tracking health risks to helping consumers find the lowest prices on goods and services, the emergence of big data has also raised privacy concerns on the part of advocates and government officials. To alleviate these concerns, some are calling for remedies to either restrict or make more transparent how data are collected and used. Speakers at the event will discuss the big data revolution, proposed remedies for privacy concerns and their potential effects, including the findings in the recent paper, “The Big Data Revolution: Privacy Considerations,” authored by TPI’s Thomas Lenard and Paul Rubin.

Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, Republican chair of the House Privacy Task Force, will give opening remarks at the event. FTC Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen will offer closing remarks.

“The Big Data Revolution: Privacy Considerations” will be held Wednesday, January 15, 2014 from 8:00am to 10:45am at the City Club, located at 555 13th Street, NW, in Washington, DC. Questions should be directed to Ashley Benjamin at [email protected]. Members of the press should contact Amy Smorodin at [email protected].

Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)
The Honorable Maureen Ohlhausen, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission
Alan Raul, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP
Adam Thierer, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center, George Mason University
Catherine Tucker, Mark Hyman, Jr. Career Development Professor and Associate Professor of Marketing, MIT Sloan School of Management
Daniel Weitzner, Director, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Decentralized Information Group, MIT and former United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Internet Policy

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