Big Data: Key to the Future or the End of Privacy?

EU decision-makers have called for a new discussion on how best to harness social benefits that Big Data brings while protecting dignity and fundamental rights and freedoms of individuals.

On 18 January, the Vodafone Institute for Society and Communications published the results of an eight-country survey conducted by TNS of 8,000 Europeans on their attitudes to Big Data and privacy and the trade-off between societal benefits and risks. The survey results here.

This will be followed on 25 January by an event in Brussels in partnership with Data-Pop Alliance to explore the question:

‘Big Data: Key to the Future or the End of Privacy?’

  • Monday, 25 January 2016 | 6.00 p.m (Doors open at 5.30 p.m.)
  • Palais des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles (BOZAR) | Rue Ravenstein 23, Brussels 1000, Belgium

To register, please click on the following link: Registration

This 2016 opening event of the Digitising Europe Initiative welcomes Kenneth Cukier, Data Editor of The Economist and co-author of Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think”  and Dr Linnet Taylor, Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of Amsterdam and Research Affiliate at Data-Pop Alliance.

Cukier Ankündigung

In 2014 Kenneth Cukier was guest speaker during the opening Digisiting Europe summit in Berlin (Photo: Vodafone Institute)

Subsequent to the debate there will be discussions and interviews with experts and decision-makers in the field of Big Data, including Giovanni Buttarelli, European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), Eric Mamer, Deputy Head of Cabinet of EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Günther Oettinger, and Kevin O’Connell, Member of the Cabinet of EU Commissioner for Justice. List of all speakers:

  • Giovanni Buttarelli, European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS),
  • Eric Mamer, Deputy Head of Cabinet of EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Günther Oettinger,
  • Kevin O’Connell, Member of the Cabinet of EU Commissioner for Justice,
  • Nicklas Lundblad, European Public Policy Director at Google,
  • Joe McNamee, Executive Director at European Digital Rights,
  • Prof. Dr Nico van Eijk, Professor of Media and Telecommunications Law, University of Amsterdam,
  • Rob Shuter, Chief Executive Officer, Vodafone Netherlands,
  • Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye Ph.D, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University/Research Affiliate Data Pop Alliance

The event will be hosted by Matthew Kirk, Chairman of the Advisory Board at the Vodafone Institute, in partnership with Data-Pop Alliance. Journalist Frances Robinson moderates.

Kenneth CukierKenneth Cukier is Data Editor of The Economist and co-author of Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think” and “Learning with Big Data: The Future of Education”. Cukier was guest speaker at the big opening event of Digitising Europe Initiative in 2014. The live recording can be found below.

Dr Linnet TaylorDr Linnet Taylor is Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of Amsterdam’s International Development faculty and Research Affiliate at Data-Pop Alliance. She also worked for the Oxford Internet Institute and the Sussex Centre for Migration Research.

Fotos: “The Economist” (Cukier); Amsterdam Institute for Social Science (Taylor)

About the digitising europe inititative

Digitising Europe is an initiative of the Vodafone Institute to advance the pan-European discussion on the digital economy of Europe. The initiative launched with a high-level summit in December 2014 opened by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Business leaders, startup founders, and policymakers participated in cross-sector dialogue on the digital transformation of education and the world of work. In 2015 and 2016 the Institute will usher the initiative into its second and third year with a comprehensive series of research publications, workshops, events, and lively debates on an increasingly relevant and controversial subject – the data revolution.

About Data-Pop Alliance

Data-Pop Alliance is a global coalition on Big Data and development created by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI), MIT Media Lab and Overseas Development Institute (ODI) that brings together researchers, experts, practitioners and activists to promote a people-centered Big Data revolution through collaborative research, capacity building, and community engagement.