June Mobile Tech Salon, NYC: Our Mobile Data Exhaust

Posted by MarkWeingarten on Jun 14, 2011

According to the Wall Street Journal, “[Data produced by the use of mobile phones] generates immense commercial databases that reveal the ways we arrange ourselves into networks of power, money, love and trust.” As mobile phone use increases and applications become increasingly sophisticated, the volume of mobile data we create continues to grow at an incredible rate, creating new possibilities and posing new challenges to notions of privacy.

Businesses want this data for marketing. Congress wants to regulate it. Activists and privacy advocates want to ensure that it is not used to compromise their safety or freedoms. Meanwhile, projects such as UN Global Pulse want to use information gleaned from mobile phone use to detect and prevent slow-onset humanitarian crises. We invite you to join us on the evening of June 30th for our next New York City-based Mobile Tech Salon as we explore these tough questions:

  • How do we determine socially beneficial uses for mobile data?
  • How can the safety, security, and privacy of individuals be respected while using mobile data to benefit them?
  • How can our mobile data be effectively aggregated and anonymized? Or can’t it?

We have invited a number of renowned experts for an evening conversation over a glass of wine to help us explore these questions. They include: 

  • Our Moderator: Nancy Scola, former Associate Editor of Personal Democracy Forum and PdF's techPresident (confirmed)
  • Robert Kirkpatrick, UN Global Pulse (confirmed)
  • Shaun Dakin, Future of Privacy Forum Fellow (confirmed)
  • Nadav Aharoney, MIT (confirmed)
  • Nathan Freitas and Derek Halliday, Guardian Project (confirmed)
  • Alex Morgan Bell, Densebrain and NYCMate (confirmed)

The event is free, but attendance is limited to keep the discussion flowing. Register here to reserve a seat: http://mobileprivacy.eventbrite.com

We look forward to seeing you!

Image via Flickr user Kohei314

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