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Sunday, March 15 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Data Discrimination: Exploring Big Data and Bias

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Data analytics gives businesses and government powerful new tools. Analyzing data troves allows companies to spot inefficiencies in supply chains. Police can track where crime is spreading. Retailers can tinker with pricing based on user data.
But do these advancements have potential pitfalls, too? Could retailers discriminate against customers based on their age, race and income by creating specific profiles of people through data? Will people end up deprived of opportunities if search engines automatically show them different results, based on what an algorithm knows about them? Will algorithms be used to change pricing for people in rich neighborhoods versus poor neighborhoods?
Those are all questions that Washington regulators are pondering now.
This panel will address the ethical and legal questions about Big Data analysis -- and discuss ways to avoid an age of digital inequity as more data is being collected, stored, and analyzed about us than ever before.

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avatar for Mallory Duncan

Mallory Duncan

SVP & General Counsel, National Retail Federation
Mallory Duncan is senior vice president and general counsel at the National Retail Federation. He is responsible for coordinating strategic legislative and regulatory initiatives involving customer data privacy, bankruptcy, fair credit reporting and truth-in-lending, and as a member... Read More →
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Michael Farrell

Editor, Passcode, The Christian Science Monitor
Michael Farrell is the editor of Passcode, a section from The Christian Science Monitor dedicated to covering the intersection of technology, security, and privacy. Farrell is based in Boston where he oversees a team of writers around the country and abroad who cover cybersecurity... Read More →
avatar for Sascha Meinrath

Sascha Meinrath

Director, X-Lab
Sascha Meinrath is an Internet culture leader and community Internet pioneer. He is the founder of X-Lab, a future-focused tech policy and innovation project, and the Open Technology Institute. He also co-founded a number of game-changing intiatives, from the Commotion Wireless Project... Read More →
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Nicole Wong

Former US Deputy CTO, The Christian Science Monitor
Nicole Wong is the former US Deputy Chief Technology Officer, focusing on Internet, privacy and innovation policy. Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Nicole served as the Legal Director for Products at Twitter. From 2004 to 2011, she was Google’s Vice President and Deputy... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Salon 7 110 E 2nd St

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