New technologies are rapidly changing the way consumers, corporations, and governments approach personal data and privacy. Myriad headlines about massive data breaches, resulting in the theft of sensitive personal and corporate information, pockmarked 2018. In the age of cyber-espionage and terrorism, governments’ abilities to monitor networks for security threats run up against the proliferation of encryption. As more aspects of our lives and our nation’s economy become more interconnected by networks, dominated by massive platforms, and influenced by machine learning and automated decision-making, the stakes in getting data collection, security, and use right have never been higher. This event will examine the intersection of three areas of technical innovation—networks, platforms, and AI—with privacy and data security, bringing in a range of views from expert panelists to inform and debate while provoking thought on evolving use cases, threats, and solutions.
2:00 – 2:05 p.m. Opening Remarks and Introduction
2:05 – 3:10 p.m. Session I: Data Protection Across Communications Networks
Voice communication, text messaging, and broadband travel over networks subject to a storm of cyber threats. But differences exist in the way that our various forms of communication are regulated, such as between voice and broadband. Regulatory regimes affect the privacy and security of networks, but how might those regulations change to adapt to new technologies? This panel will examine the emerging trends in networks, such as deep packet inspection and end-to-end encryption, and discuss the successes and failures of the laws that govern them.
Adrienne Fowler, Symposium Chair for the ABA Forum on Communications Law; and Partner, Data Privacy, Security & Use Practice, Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP
Beth Williams, Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Policy, U.S. Department of Justice; Member, U.S. Department of Justice Cyber-Digital Task Force
Alan Butler, Senior Counsel, Electronic Privacy Information Center
Umair Javed, Legal Advisor to FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel
3:10 – 3:20 p.m. Break
3:20 – 4:30 p.m. Session II: Platforms and Data Protection
Perhaps most concerning to the average citizen (and politicians) are the losses of privacy and data facilitated by the big platforms many use, including social media websites, online shopping platforms, and video streaming services. Most notably, Facebook was roiled this past year by controversy over its practices of sharing user data with third parties, which led to congressional hearings and much public consternation. This panel will explore how the use of personal data by platforms is regulated, and how it could be improved in a way that protects consumers while allowing companies to provide innovative services that improve people’s lives and drive our nation’s economy.
John Heitmann, Co-Chair, Annual Symposium; Co-Chair, FCBA Privacy & Data Security Committee; and Partner and Chair, Communications Group, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
Yael Weinman, Associate General Counsel for Privacy, Verizon
Heather West, Assistant Director for Public Policy, Mozilla
Melinda Claybaugh, Privacy Legislation Director, Facebook
Michelle Richardson, Director of the Data and Privacy Project, Center for Democracy & Technology
4:30 – 4:40 p.m. Break
4:40 – 6:00 p.m. Session III: AI and Data Protection
Artificial intelligence stands to revolutionize the way we live and work in every sector. But many are disquieted by the thought of AI’s proliferation, made especially concerning by the notion of handing over the reins of power to a computer, with little-to-no human intervention. AI also learns best by ingesting reams of data, therefore demanding serious consideration of how we harvest and use that information. Will an AI-dominated future be more benevolent, having been freed from the caprice and inefficiency of humans? Or will it simply harness those biases and exacerbate them? The AI and Privacy panel will delve into these questions and more.
Jameson Dempsey, Fellow, Stanford Center for Legal Informatics – CodeX
Roy Austin, Partner, Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP; former Deputy Assistant to President Obama for Urban Affairs, Justice, and Opportunity
Naomi Lefkovitz, Senior Policy Advisor and Lead for the Privacy Framework, Information Technology Lab, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Rumman Chowdhury, Senior Principal for Artificial Intelligence, Accenture
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