Challenging Society Sessions: Privacy & Data

With Professor Helen Nissenbaum

12Oct2017 19:30 - 21:00

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What can actually go wrong when sharing your location details with companies? You’ve got nothing to hide anyway, right?

Keynote speaker Prof. Helen Nissenbaum and the UvA's Prof. Marieke de Goede challenge each other and the audience on 12 October at the Aula when they explore the shifting boundaries of privacy as corporate and governmental hunger for personal data spirals out of control.

Dynamic programme

Maurits Martijn will challenge both Nissenbaum and de Goede to critically reflect on each other’s expertise and the theme. The audience will subsequently be asked to join in the discussion with the aid of video fragments, propositions or other interludes prepared by students.

Which questions do you have?

Share critical questions with us that you would like to see answered during this evening. A team of students will collect these questions to draw up a number of propositions for the speakers and the audience. You can send your question directly when registering for this evening.

Register now for the session on Privacy & Data

This unique evening is being organised as part of the Challenging Society series, in connection with the University of Amsterdam's 385th anniversary. Come to the Aula on 12 October, from 19:30, for the latest insights into this topical subject. Sign up now:

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About the speakers

Prof. Helen Nissenbaum (NYU/Cornell Tech) has a nuanced vision on our way of thinking about privacy and how we can tackle sharing our data 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). Together with hackers and computer scientists, she Nissenbaum has developed ‘TrackMeNot’, which puts up a digital ‘smoke screen’ when you use a search engine. 

Prof. Marieke de Goede is the UvA Challenger this evening. In her research, De Goede analyses the preventative security measures of the European Union, focusing on the use of commercial data to combat terrorism. The EU expects to benefit greatly from information-driven measures - for example connecting commercial data, freezing bank accounts and exchanging ‘black lists’ - but these have important implications for privacy and freedom.

Moderator: Maurits Martijn

In his book ‘Je hebt wél iets te verbergen’ (‘You do have something to hide’, 2016), journalist Maurits Martijn describes an incident where a man is suspected of radical practices, because a number of IP addresses originating from Jordan appear to have been bought via his telephone subscription. The person in question had only booked a flight to Los Angeles and was not aware of any wrongdoing, when it turned out that, as a result of this, he had ended up on a so-called ‘black list’. A typical example of ‘risk analysis’ that was totally wrong. 

In addition to this book, Maurits Martijn wrote a series of articles on the theme of privacy and information in the Dutch online journalism platform De Correspondent, including an interview with Helen Nissenbaum.

Published by  University of Amsterdam