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Schedule: Ethics, Policy, and Privacy sessions

Open data and heightened privacy concerns mean new, and often controversial, thinking on governance, ethics, and compliance. From the reach of government to the rights of the digital persona, everything is changing. In this track, we’ll tackle some of the biggest issues in compliance, governance, and ethics that an always-on, over-shared society faces.

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Kord Davis is a former Principal Consultant with Cap Gemini, Kord has spent nearly 20 years providing business strategy, analysis, and technical consulting to over 100 organizations of all sizes including: Autotask, Microsoft, Intel, Sisters of Mercy Healthcare, Nike, Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), Northwest Energy Alliance (NEEA), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Western Digital, Fluke, Merix, Roadway Express, and Gardenburger.

Laurel Ruma is the Director of Talent for O'Reilly Media. Most recently she co-chaired Where 2.0, OSCON Java, and Gov 2.0 Expo. She joined the company in 2005 after working for five years at various IT analyst firms in the Boston area. Laurel is also the co-editor of Open Government, published by O'Reilly.

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Ballroom E
Ari Gesher (Palantir Technologies)
Average rating: ***..
(3.25, 4 ratings)
Statistical methods tends to fail when there is someone on the other side of a problem actively evading detection. Here we look at three systems successfully used to fight adaptive adversaries engaged in fraud and cyber attacks. Using a combination of big data techniques and interactive human analysis, these systems are protecting commercial banks, pharmaceutical companies, and governments. Read more.
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Ballroom E
Fernand Pajot (Change.org)
Average rating: ***..
(3.00, 3 ratings)
With more than 45 million users and over 40,000 petitions created every month, Change.org is the biggest online platform for social change around the world. This talk is about how both bleeding edge and simple machine learning algorithms are used at Change.org to connect users to petitions and social issues which are most relevant to them. Read more.
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Ballroom E
Scott Lee (EMC), Rachel Haines (EMC)
Average rating: **...
(2.00, 6 ratings)
Earlier Data Governance generations (that support BI-DW or MDM) succeeded by aligning stakeholders and improving data interoperability. But in the world of Big Data, interoperability is table-stakes, and next-gen Data Governance must provide contextual intelligence sufficient to reason out complex inquiries across diverse data. How? Would you believe a mash-up of building codes and game theory? Read more.
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Ballroom E
Pablos Holman (Turing AI)
Average rating: ****.
(4.40, 5 ratings)
We are at the beginning of creating a generation of scientists & analysts who can relate to data in entirely new ways. The feeble computational models we’ve created in Excel over the course of our lives are fundamentally different than what is just becoming possible. Read more.
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Ballroom E
Cameran Hetrick (VMware), Kimberly Stedman (Freelance)
Average rating: ****.
(4.60, 5 ratings)
Combine your best algorithms and smartest data architecture, and what do you get? Without humans, you have an expensive, high tech brick. Humans generate data, which is used by and for humans to achieve human goals. If you want your data department to earn its keep by showing real value, you must build your social systems as meticulously as you build your pipeline. Read more.
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Ballroom E
Felipe Hoffa (Google), Shawn Simister (Google), Ewa Gasperowicz (Google)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 4 ratings)
What can an SQL query teach us about the gender gap? We'll dive into the 20 million Freebase entities to focus on people notable enough to be part of it. What percentage of them are women? How is the gender gap divided by profession? How is it changing throughout the years? How do all this variables this look mapped at a country, state, and neighborhood level? Read more.
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Ballroom E
Drew Sullivan (Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project)
Average rating: ***..
(3.40, 5 ratings)
Endemic organized crime, augmented by corrupt governments and business interests can threaten local and regional security throughout the world. In this session we'll show how journalists can use data and technology to ferret out, investigate and combat corruption. Read more.
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Ballroom E
Moderated by:
Jesse Robbins (OnBeep, Inc.)
Panelists:
Shannon Spanhake (City & County of San Francisco), Eddie Tejeda (Civic Insight / OpenOakland / Public Ethics Commission)
Average rating: ***..
(3.50, 2 ratings)
Join Kiran Jain, the Senior Deputy Attorney for the City of Oakland, and Shannon Spanhake, the Deputy Innovation Officer for the City and County of San Francisco, to learn how governments are changing, and being changed, by the digital age. Read more.
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Ballroom E
Moderated by:
Jake Porway (DataKind)
Panelists:
Drew Conway (IA Ventures), Rayid Ghani (Edgeflip | University of Chicago ), Elena Eneva (Accenture)
Average rating: ****.
(4.75, 8 ratings)
In this session, Edgeflip and Data Science for the Social Good’s Rayid Ghani, IA Ventures Scientist-in-residence and Datakind co-founder Drew Conway, and Datakind co-founder and executive director Jake Porway look at where data is making a difference today, what it promises tomorrow, and what’s holding it back. Read more.
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Ballroom E
Moderated by:
Jim Stogdill (O'Reilly Media, Inc.)
Panelists:
Brian Behlendorf (Mithril Capital Management LLC), Adrian Cockcroft (Battery Ventures), Ari Gesher (Palantir Technologies), Kimberly Stedman (Freelance)
The always-popular Great Debate series returns to Strata. In this Oxford-style debate, two opposing teams take opposing positions. We poll the audience, and the teams try to sway opinions. It’ll be a fast-paced, sometimes irreverent look at some of the core challenges of putting data to work. Read more.