What's Mine is Yours: the Ethics of Big Data Ownership

Dylan Field (Brown University), Lucian Lita (Intuit), Jud Valeski (Gnip), Tim O'Reilly (O'Reilly Media, Inc.)
The Data Business
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To many people, Big Data means Open Data: social graphs, voting records, weather patterns, and more. But who owns data? Most of our laws were written for atoms, not bits; they’re woefully out of date in an information age. When you share data, does it become more or less valuable? If someone adds to your data, is it still yours? This panel will tackle the gray area of data ownership.

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Dylan Field

Brown University

Dylan Field is a student at Brown University. Last summer, Dylan was a data mining / analytics intern at LinkedIn. He was previously a research assistant to danah boyd at Microsoft NERD. In the summer of 2009, he worked as a developer for Indinero (YC ‘10). During high school, Dylan interned for O’Reilly Media.

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Lucian Lita


Director of data engineering at Intuit. Previously founder of Level Up Analytics (now Intuit), lead engineering, analytics at BlueKai (now Oracle), data scientist at Siemens healthcare. Received his PhD in computer science from Carnegie Mellon.

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Jud Valeski


Jud Valeski is co-founder and CEO of Gnip, a real-time data portability software initiative. From client-side consumer facing products, to large scale back-end infrastructure projects, he has enjoyed working with technology for over twenty years. He’s been a part of engineering, product, and M&A teams at IBM, Netscape, onebox.com, AOL, and me.dium. He has played a central role in the release of a wide range of products used by tens of millions of users worldwide.

Beginning his career as a Smalltalk intern in IBM’s logistics department, Jud built cost optimization & modeling software and ported desktop apps to IBM’s intranet. From there he joined Netscape Communications and worked on the networking and cookie components of the browser.

After integrating Netscape Gecko across AOL’s entire client-side software suite, he wanted to experience life on other side of the socket. Before transitioning to server-side architecture, he negotiated the spin-out of Mozilla from AOL. Jud then drove the migration of AOL from its proprietary back-end framework to standards based web technologies.

Jud pursues big ideas that have the potential to change large scale behavior. He lives passionately in Boulder, CO with his wife and two children.

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Tim O'Reilly

O'Reilly Media, Inc.

Tim O’Reilly is the founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media. His original business plan was “interesting work for interesting people,” and that’s worked out pretty well. He publishes books, runs conferences, invests in early-stage startups, urges companies to create more value than they capture, and tries to change the world by spreading and amplifying the knowledge of innovators.

Tim is also a partner at O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures, a founder and board member of Safari Books Online and Maker Media, and on the boards of Code for America and PeerJ.

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Mark J. Levitt
02/03/2011 3:06pm PST

Great job, Dylan!

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Duncan duncan@duncanross.co.uk
02/03/2011 3:03pm PST

Great chairing by Dylan – good on you for repeating the question, it’s been a frustration that there haven’t been microphones for audience questions…


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