DataLex - Tuesday October 13, 2015

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    Today, across nearly every societal sector, from corrections to education to health care, large-scale data analysis is a widely adopted tool.  Our most personal behaviors and traits are regularly quantified by a rapidly growing array of sensors and devices around us.  These devices are connected to intelligent systems that can render critical predictions about our conduct and choices - what we will buy, our health, when we will leave our jobs, whether we pay our bills, even whether we will commit crimes.

    While data analytics promise to unlock extraordinary advances in productivity and research, fascinating legal and ethical issues arise as Big Data is deployed in new contexts:

    How does privacy law constrain the ability of data controllers to use or apply predictive judgments about us?

    Are the algorithms that increasingly measure and curate our lives fair, or can they encode discriminatory biases?

    In some contexts, such as genomic research, are privacy risks to individuals outweighed by the potentially life-saving benefits to society of research that requires large-scale processing of personal information?

    What is the role of information governance and regulation in facilitating and sculpting the uses of Big Data?

    To interrogate these issues, DataLex is bringing together data scientists, policymakers, legal scholars, and privacy advocates to collectively consider these important issues using technical, social and ethical lenses simultaneously.

    Who Should Attend and Why

    We expect 100 or so researchers and practitioners will attend.  Lawyers, researchers, data scientists and engineers, privacy officers, and product developers will all benefit from attending and discussing the most advanced legal and regulatory issues in data science.

    We aim to keep the symposium on the smaller side to facilitate an immersive, "salon"-style dialogue. Moderators will facilitate the direct engagement of attendees in the audience with the discussion among the panelists.

    Panels and Addresses

    Opening Address - Jim Dempsey, Berkeley Center for Law and Technology

    Morning Panel - Privacy and Genomic Data: Do Strong Privacy Protections Thwart Research and Harm the Advance of Precision Medicine?

    Luncheon Keynote - Travis LeBlanc, FCC

    Afternoon Panel - Algorithmic Discrimination?  Using Big Data to Grade, Reward, Hire, and Fire

    Closing Panel - Information Governance: Tools for Navigating Institutional Values and Regulatory Uncertainty

    Reception - University House, Chancellor's residence


    We are grateful to have world-class researchers, policy-makers, and thought leaders preparing to join us for this dialogue.

    Travis LeBlanc, Chief of Enforcement, Federal Communications Commission.  Mr. LeBlanc is one of the nation's foremost privacy regulators.  As our keynote speaker, Mr. LeBlanc will offer DataLex attendees his thoughts on the development and regulation of the information economy and emerging issues in privacy enforcement.

    Jim Dempsey, Executive Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology.  A leading expert on privacy, Professor Dempsey spent nearly two decades with the Center for Democracy & Technology, serving as its executive director from 2003 to 2005 and leader of its Global Internet Policy Initiative. In addition to leading BCLT, he serves as a Presidential appointee on the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, an independent agency within the executive branch charged with advisory and oversight roles regarding the nation's counterterrorism programs.  He is joining us as a keynote speaker to open our symposium.

    Atul Butte, MD, PhD, Director, UCSF Institute for Computational Health Sciences.  Dr. Butte is a national leader in clinical informatics and systems medicine and a leading authority on precision medicine and open data.  He has authored nearly 200 publications, with his research repeatedly featured in Wired Magazine, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal, and has been honored by the White House for his efforts to promote open data to support translational research.  Dr. Butte is joining us for our panel on Privacy and Genomic Data.

    Barbara Evans, Professor of Law, University of Houston & Baylor College of Medicine.  Dr. Evans is one of the nation's most influential bioethicists.  She is a global leader on the regulation of human subjects research and the privacy rights of patients and research subjects, with a special focus on genomics and translational research.  We are honored to have her join Dr. Butte and others for a world-class dialogue on Privacy and Genomic Data.

    Lise Getoor, Professor of Computer Science, University of California, Santa Cruz.  Dr. Getoor is a renowned scholar focusing on inferential privacy in complex networks, machine learning, and data science for social good.  She will join our discussion on algorithmic discrimination and the complex ethical and social issues embedded in the process of rendering, structuring and interpreting data.

    Manny Alvarez, General Counsel, Affirm, Inc.
    Melissa Bianchi, Partner, Hogan Lovells
    Vanessa Blum, Managing Editor, The Recorder, ALM
    Prof. Jill Bronfman, UC Hastings College of the Law, Privacy and Technology Project, Institute for Innovation Law
    A. Marisa Chun, Partner, McDermott, Will & Emery; former Deputy Associate United States Attorney General
    Doug Emhoff, Partner, Venable
    Justin Erlich, Special Assistant Attorney General for Law and Technology, California Attorney General's office
    Sarah Goyette, Senior Privacy and Security Attorney, Intel Corporation
    Roslyn Martorano, Systemwide Privacy Manager, University of California
    Olena Morozova, Genomics Institute, University of California, Santa Cruz
    Jeff Tsai, Partner, Alston & Bird, LLP
    Kent Wada, Director of Strategic IT Policy, UCLA

    Registration and Miscellany

    To register, please visit: DataLex Registration.  The symposium fee is $99.  Be sure to select the "DataLex Symposium," which is presented in conjunction with UCSC Data Science Week.  (UC Office of General Counsel - please e-mail Devon Lowery directly for registration

    As noted, space is limited and is expected to be at capacity soon.

    Attendees will be eligible for MCLE and IAPP credit and will have access to parking, enjoy a light breakfast and lunch and be welcome to attend a closing reception at the University House, the Chancellor's residence.

    If you are unable to attend please consider joining us by livestream.  Tweets will be broadcast on TweetDeck, please use #datalex2015.

    A copy of our program is available here.

  • Agenda

  • Tuesday, October 13, 2015

    8:45 - 9:30 Welcome and refreshments
    9:45 - 10:00 Opening Address, Jim Dempsey
    10:30 - 12:15

    Morning Panel

    • Privacy and Genomic Data: Do Strong Privacy Protections Thwart Research and Harm the Advance of Precision Medicine?
    12:45 - 1:45

    Luncheon Keynote

    • Travis LeBlanc, Federal Communications Commission, Chief of Enforcement
    2:00 - 4:30

    Afternoon Panels

    • Algorithmic Discrimination?  Using Big Data to Grade, Reward, Hire, and Fire
    • Information Governance: Tools for Navigating Institutional Values and Regulatory Uncertainty
    4:45 - 6:30

    Reception and Closing Address

    • Dean Joe Konopelski, Baskin School of Engineering

Directions to Santa Cruz

From Southern and Central California:
Take Route 101 north to Route 156 west to Route 1 north. Then follow Route 1 north to Santa Cruz.

From Northern California:
Take Route 5 south to Route 80 west to Route 680 south to Route 280 north. Then take Highway 17 south to Route 1 north to Santa Cruz.

From San Francisco Airport:
Take Route 101 south to Route 85 south to Highway 17 south to Route 1 north to Santa Cruz.

From San Jose Airport:
Take Route 880 south to Highway 17 south to Route 1 north to Santa Cruz.

From Monterey Airport:
Take Route 1 north to Santa Cruz.

Directions to Campus

Once you're in Santa Cruz on Route 1 north, follow the highway as it becomes Mission Street through town. Then turn right on Bay Street and follow it toward the campus entrance.  Turn left onto High Street, follow High Street as it turns into Empire Grade.  Turn right onto Heller Drive and follow it through the west side of campus. Turn right onto Meyer Drive.  Parking attendants will be on hand to issue you a parking pass (included in your registration) and direct you to our designated event parking in the Performing Arts Lot.  

The DataLex Symposium will be held in the Digital Arts Resouce Center Lab (DARC Lab) which is located adjacent to the parking area.

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