(Big) Hopes and Hazards of Big Data

Open to the Public
Nador u. 15
Friday, May 12, 2017 - 10:30am
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Friday, May 12, 2017 - 10:30am to 4:30pm

Technological advances in identification make it possible for us, for example, to use our cellphones to pay bills and to drive through toll lanes without stopping. These same technological advances also place an enormous amount of private information in the hands of corporations and governments – and raise serious concerns about privacy and security.

In March 2016, the Indian government passed the Aadhar Act 2016 (Targeted Delivery of Financial and other Subsidies, benefits and services) to provide legal backing to the Unique (bio-metric) Identification number project, which makes it possible for the government to track the majority of its citizens.  Supporters of this legislation claim that it will ensure more efficient service delivery and reduce corruption. Opponents disagree saying that it not only leads to a substantial erosion of privacy and civil liberties due to surveillance but that digitizing information in this way actually covers up corruption.

During the day-long workshop on May 12, legal scholars, data scientists, and public intellectuals will discuss the impact of technological advances on civil liberties and democratic values.


Amy Brouillette (Research Fellow, Center for Media, Data and Society, CEU)
Nikhil Dey (MKSS and School For Democracy)
Wajahat Habibullah, Former (First) Chief Information Officer of India
Soumya Kidambi (Director, Society for Social Audit, Accountability and Transparency)
Dr. Usha Ramanathan (Independent Legal Researcher)
Aruna Roy (George Soros Visiting Practitioner Chair, CEU)
Shankar Singh (MKSS and School For Democracy)
Ivan Szekely, Social Informatist, OSA
Dr. Taha Yasseri (Oxford Internet Institute)