Privacy & Data
Thursday, 12 October, 19:30-21:00
What can really go wrong when you share data about yourself with companies? After all, you don't have anything to hide, do you? Keynote speaker Prof. Helen Nissenbaum and the UvA's Prof. Marieke de Goede challenged each other and the audience on 12 October at the Aula. They explored the shifting boundaries of privacy as corporate and governmental hunger for personal data spirals out of control.
During this first Challenging Society Session: Privacy & Data on 12 October 2017, the UvA presented, from 19:30-21:00, a programme that examined the question of how technological developments are changing the way, and extent to which, we share information, and what effect this is having on our privacy
Together with renowned keynote speaker Prof. Helen Nissenbaum and UvA scientist Prof. Marieke de Goede, the boundaries of the theme have been explored. Moderator Maurits Martijn (De Correspondent) was moderator of the evening.
Privacy as contextual integrity
Prof. Helen Nissenbaum (NYU/Cornell Tech) is highly respected all over the world by her peers in this domain and has a nuanced vision on our way of thinking about privacy and how we can tackle sharing our information in a completely different way as a result of ‘disruptive technologies’ (technology that can replace an entire industry or create a completely new one). According to Nissenbaum, complete privacy does not exist: you always share information with each other. It is becoming increasingly important to decide in which context you are prepared to share information and when this is inappropriate (Privacy in context, 2010). Furthermore, privacy does not only relate to an individual according to Nissenbaum, but also to complete groups of people. Take, for example, purchases that are offered to you on the basis of information that other people have shared about themselves.
In addition to being an academic in the field of ‘digital ethics’, Nissenbaum is also an activist. Together with hackers and computer scientists, she has developed ‘TrackMeNot’, which puts up a digital ‘smoke screen’ when you use a search engine.
The UvA Challenger
Prof. Marieke de Goede has the role of UvA Challenger this evening. De Goede is a political scientist with the research group ‘Transnational Configurations, Conflict and Governance’ of the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR). De Goede has conducted research, among other things, into the differences and similarities in policy for the localisation of security risks using ‘risk analysis’. De Goede researched which preventative security measures the European Union implements. It turns out, for example, that measures to combat terrorism do not differ much from those of the United States. For example, connecting commercial data, freezing bank accounts and exchanging ‘black lists’.