The ethics of super-crunching: New challenges around privacy and profiling
Senior Attorney, Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, Federal Trade Commission
Chief Executive Officer, RapLeaf
JOHN PERRY BARLOW
Co-founder, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer, Reputation.com
Business Correspondent, The Economist
The era of big data presents incredible opportunities -- smarter cities, stronger companies, faster medicine -- but just as many challenges. Storage is scarce, systems overloaded, governments and businesses know too much. The world now contains unimaginably vast amounts of digital information, which is growing exponentially. Managed well, this data can be used to engineer new engines of economic value, unlock scientific breakthroughs, and hold politicians accountable. Managed poorly, it can cause great harm.
The financial crisis showed that complex models that analyze large quantities of data do not always reflect financial risk in the real world. The financial crisis was sparked by big data -- and there will be others. But the data deluge will also generate millions of new ideas for how to solve big problems, build new markets, and expand existing ones. Ideas Economy: Information is a fresh look at knowledge management for the information age.
The Economist will bring together theorists, strategists, and innovators who understand how to harness data to create value and advance individual, corporate, and social good. We will sift through the vast quantities of current thinking on data to uncover the best ways forward. And we will apply the lessons of the Ideas Economy, about innovation, human capital, and intelligent infrastructure, to uncover new sources of growth and accelerate human progress across the globe.
John Perry Barlow
John Perry Barlow is a co-founder and vice-chairman of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a non-profit organization promoting freedom of expression in digital media. He writes and advises on information economics, digitized intellectual goods, cyber liberties, virtual communities, electronic cash, cryptography policy, privacy, and the social, cultural and legal conditions forming online.Mr Barlow is the author of two influential texts, The Economy of Ideas and The Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace. Prior to his work at EFF, Mr Barlow was a Wyoming cattle-rancher and a lyricist for the Grateful Dead. He is also a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School. He was the first to apply the term "cyberspace" to the internet. Recently he has been engaged in an effort to increase connectivity with the southern hemisphere.
Laura Berger is a senior attorney in the Division
of Privacy and Identity Protection at the FTC.
She enforces federal laws that protect the privacy
and security of consumers' information and works
on related policy matters, including the impact of
emerging technologies on consumer privacy. In
addition, she was author of the Commission's Safeguards Rule, and has worked to develop educational materials to assist businesses to comply with that rule. Previously, Ms. Berger was an attorney with the Office of the General Counsel at the FTC. While at the FTC, she also served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University, where she taught Women & the Law, among other courses. She received a Bachelor of Arts cum laude from Tulane University and a Juris Doctorate cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School.
Kenneth Cukier is the data editor. Previously he was the paper's Tokyo correspondent and covered business and technology from London. Earlier, he worked at the Wall Street Journal Asia in Hong Kong and the International Herald Tribune in Paris. He is the co-author of "Big Data: A Revolution that Will Transform How We Work, Live and Think."
Auren Hoffman is CEO of Rapleaf. Rapleaf helps companies learn more about their customers to provide their consumers with a more personalized experience. Rapleaf analyzes data on over 400 million consumers worldwide. He is also a non-employee cofounder of BrightRoll and Retargeter.com. Mr. Hoffman was formerly Chair of Stonebrick Group and the Connector Group. Previously, he founded and sold three Internet companies before age 30: BridgePath (sold in 2002), Kyber Systems (sold in 1997), and GetRelevant (sold in 2002). He is the founder of the Dialog Retreat. He's an active angel investor or advisor in over 30 companies including: Aardvark, Backtype, BeatLab, Blip.TV, Chomp, Crave, CrowdFlower, Euclid, Factual, Flowtown, Founders Fund, GroupeBuy, GroupOn, Huddler, Klout, Kontagent, LabPixies, Logik Systems, Meebo, MesmoTV, OtherInbox, Play Megaphone, Proclivity Systems, RichRelevance, SelectOut, Sharethrough, Solve Media, Thumbtack, Viglink, WorkersNow, Zoom Systems, Zozi, and more.
Owen Tripp is responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of Reputation.com's global organization, including sales, business development, corporate development and company operations. A Silicon Valley insider and Web enthusiast, Mr. Tripp has helped build Reputation.com into the world's leading source for online reputation and privacy. Prior to Reputation.com, Mr. Tripp spent much of his career creating award-winning and lasting systems for operational improvement, including eBay's User Behavior Intelligence team and large-scale, international operations centers while at Accenture.