2018: Data Ethics

We willingly share data about ourselves all the time.

Consider the amount of data you share intentionally in the course of one day: on social media, on convenience apps, on ride-hailing services. What happens to all that data? We are coming to understand that it paints a picture of individuals, communities and our world that is permanent, accessible, and can be shared, sold, manipulated, and combined for purposes far beyond the intentions behind our original “disclosures.” Do we care; should we?

We also unwillingly share data every day.

What happens to the record of that shared ride you took? Who is aware of your internet search history? Your purchases? Your income from your part time job? Your recent arrest on a minor charge? What should governments, parents, employers, be able to learn about you? Does your employer read your emails? Should they?

On February 1, 2018, we will convene a conversation at Georgetown about the rapidly-changing landscape of data ethics.

Join us as we bring together student work and expert panelists to reflect on the potential benefits and dangers of profiling consumers and citizens, redefining reasonable expectations of privacy in the digital age, the ethics of “truth” in the age of information bubbles, and more.