Preserving Etiquette in a Fully Recorded World: aka, What’s Your Privacy Policy?

Keynote Address
Friday, May 8, 2015 - 9:00 am

We’re rapidly approaching a time when every moment of our day will often be recorded by devices that we carry on our person.  At the same time, the incentives — both economic and social — to share as much as possible are increasing.  As we record more and more data about other people we interact with, we become responsible for how that data is used.  This has all the makings of not only a privacy disaster (from an academic perspective), but a social disaster, as the normal folkways and mores around what it means to have a private conversation or moment are upturned.

There is a way through: when technology creates more problems the answer is more technology.  The fix is a mix of protocols, data standards, and well-designed user experience that can restore the fluidity and trust to our social interactions, even in the face of ubiquitous recording.  

And the final upshot?  This restoration of peer-to-peer privacy may be the vector through which we finally create the holy grail of privacy: ubiquitous consent frameworks that enable and require data owners — individual, corporate, or governmental — to respect the wishes of data subjects around the use of their data.

Preserving Etiquette in a Fully Recorded World: aka, What’s Your Privacy Policy? - DataEDGE 2015

Senior Software Engineer and Engineering Ambassador
Palantir Technologies

Ari Gesher is a senior software engineer and engineering ambassador at Palantir Technologies.  He is co-authoring the upcoming book, Architecture of Privacy, about building data systems that responsibly handle sensitive data.   

At Palantir Technologies, Ari has split his time between working as a design prototyper for the user interface team, a backend engineer on Palantir's analysis platform, thinking and writing about Palantir's vision for human-driven information data systems, and moonlighting on both Palantir's privacy and civil liberties team and philanthropic engineering team. His current role involves understanding and discussing Palantir's role in the world of analytics, big data, the future of technology, and it’s impact on the world.  

An alumnus of the University of Illinois computer science department, Ari has worked in the software industry for the past fifteen years, including a stint as the lead engineer for the open source software archive.

Ari often speaks on the topic of big data and the limits of automated decision making.  Recently, he's spoken at GigaOm Structure, MIT's Technology Review's EmTech Conference, Harvard Business School, the Institute for the Future's Tech Horizons Conference, the Economist Future Technologies Summit, and PayPal's TechXploration series.