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The adoption of artificial intelligence in the financial service industry, particularly the adoption of machine learning, presents challenges and opportunities. Challenges include algorithmic fairness, explainability, privacy, and requirements of a very high degree of accuracy. For example, there are ethical and regulatory needs to prove that models used for activities such as credit decisioning and lending are fair and unbiased, or that machine reliance doesn’t cause humans to miss critical pieces of data. For some use cases, the operating standards require nothing short of perfect accuracy.
Privacy issues around collection and use of consumer and proprietary data require high levels of scrutiny. Many machine learning models are deemed unusable if they are not supported by appropriate levels of explainability. Some challenges like entity resolution are exacerbated because of scale, highly nuanced data points and missing information. On top of these fundamental requirements, the financial industry is ripe with adversaries who purport fraud and other types of risks.
The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers and practitioners to discuss challenges for AI in financial services, and the opportunities such challenges represent to the community. The workshop will consist of a series of sessions, including invited talks, panel discussions and short paper presentations, which will showcase ongoing research and novel algorithms.
Energy Data Privacy: How Climate Changes Everything
Energy data used to be boring. The utility read your meter 12 times a
year, and no one cared much about seeing your utility bill history.
Nowadays, things are very different. As the $10+ trillion energy
transition to renewables ramps up to fight climate change, private
energy data access is a critical requirement to deploy and manage
distributed energy resources like solar, battery storage, electric
vehicles, demand response, and energy efficiency.
Also, to make things harder, smart meters are second only to smart
phones in how much they know about your day-to-day life. They know
when you’re home, when you’re at work, when you’re sleeping, when
you’re watching TV, when you’re taking a shower, when you’re having
sex. So how do we make the switch to a carbon-free future without
compromising energy data privacy? What will the future of energy data
privacy look like?
Daniel Roesler is the co-founder and CEO of UtilityAPI, a utility data
service that automates interactions with utilities. UtilityAPI is an
early adopter of the U.S. Department of Energy DataGuard Voluntary
Code of Conduct, which outlines best practices for handling private
energy data. Daniel is on the board of the Green Button Alliance,
which manages the international standard around personal utility data
access, and is technical contributor to the Customer Data Access
Committee at the California Public Utilities Commission, which comes
up with the next generation of regulations around utility data access
in California. In his spare time, Daniel maintains several open source
privacy and security projects.
You are encouraged to read this relevant article on the legal status of smart meters before Daniel’s talk: https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.lawfareblog.com%2Fpublic-utilitys-recording-home-energy-consumption-every-15-minutes-search-seventh-circuit-rules&data=02%7C01%7Ckweingarten%40ebay.com%7Cf3d27c6c8df14af2a8f008d61ac7d1b8%7C46326bff992841a0baca17c16c94ea99%7C0%7C0%7C636725842980890490&sdata=uVYL0j1Oc%2Bu6%2Bs2QSJBVTL1HR6Arh8%2BEjUxtS8AiSnE%3D&reserved=0
This webinar will review the results of a comprehensive study of privacy and compliance risk management best practices across companies of all sizes from a broad range of industries and geographies.
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“Data Privacy Day began in the United States and Canada in January 2008, as an extension of the Data Protection Day celebration in Europe. The Day commemorates the 1981 signing of Convention 108, the first legally binding international treaty dealing with privacy and data protection. Data Privacy Day is a celebration for everyone and held on January 28th every year.”
More information can be found here.
Algorithmic systems are being adopted in a growing number of contexts. Fueled by big data, these systems filter, sort, score, recommend, personalize, and otherwise shape human experiences of socio-technical systems. Although these systems bring myriad benefits, they also contain inherent risks, such as codifying and entrenching biases; reducing accountability and hindering due process; and increasing the information assymmetry between data producers and data holders.
ACM FAT* is an annual conference dedicating to bringing together a diverse community to investigate and tackle issues in this emerging area. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
- The theory and practice of fair and interpretable Machine Learning, Information Retrieval, NLP, and Computer Vision
- Measurement and auditing of deployed systems
- Users’ experience of algorithms, and design interventions to empower users
- The ethical, moral, social, and policy implications of big data and ubiquitous intelligent systems
ACM FAT* builds upon several years of successful workshops on the topics of fairness, accountability, transparency, ethics, and interpretability in machine learning, recommender systems, the web, and other technical disciplines.
Privacy Camp will take place on 29 January 2019 in Brussels, Belgium, just before the start of the CPDP conference. Privacy Camp brings together civil society, policy-makers and academia to discuss existing and looming problems for human rights in the digital environment.
Platforms, Politics, Participation
Privacy Camp 2019 will focus on digital platforms, their societal impact and political significance. Due to the rise of a few powerful companies such as Uber, Facebook, Amazon or Google, the term “platform” has moved beyond its initial computational meaning of technological architecture and has come to be understood as a socio-cultural phenomenon. Platforms are said to facilitate and shape human interactions, thus becoming important economic and political actors. While the companies offering platform services are increasingly the target of regulative action, they are also considered as allies of national and supranational institutions in enforcing policies voluntarily and gauging political interest and support. Digital platforms employ business models that rely on the collection of large amounts of data and the use of advanced algorithms, which raise concerns about their surveillance potential and their impact on political events. Increasingly rooted in the daily life of many individuals, platforms monetise social interactions and turn to questionable labor practices. Many sectors and social practices are being “platformised”, from public health to security, from news to entertainment services. Lately, some scholars have conceptualised this phenomenon as “platform capitalism” or “platform society”.
Privacy Camp 2019 will unpack the implications of “platformisation” for the socio-political fabric, human rights and policy making. In particular, how does the platform logic shape our experiences and the world we live in? How do institutional actors attempt to regulate platforms? In what ways do the affordances and constraints of platforms shape how people share and make use of their data?
We welcome panel proposals relating to the broad theme of platforms. Besides classic panel proposals we are also seeking short contributions for our workshop “Situating Platforms: User Narratives”.
1. Panel proposals
We are particularly interested in panel proposals on the following topics: platform economy and labour; algorithmic bias; democratic participation and social networks.
- Indicate a clear objective for your session, i.e. what would be a good outcome for you?
- Indicate other speakers that could participate in your panel (and let us know which speaker has already confirmed, at least in principle, to participate).
- Make it as participative as possible, think about how to include the audience and diverse actors. Note that the average panel length is 75 minutes.
- Send us a description of no more than 400 words.
2. “Situating Platforms: User Narratives” submissions
In an effort to discuss situated contexts with regard to platforms, we will have a session on lived practices and user narratives. Individuals, civil society groups or community associations are welcome to contribute in the format of a short talk or show & tell demonstration. Details and the online submission form are here:
The deadline for all submissions is 18 November. After the deadline, we will review your submission and let you know by the end of November whether your proposal can be included in the programme. It is possible that we suggest merging panel proposals if they are very similar.
Please send your proposal via email to privacycamp(at)edri.org!
If you have questions, please contact Kirsten at kirsten.fiedler(at)edri(dot)org or Imge at imge.ozcan(at)vub(dot)be.
About Privacy Camp
Privacy Camp is jointly organised by European Digital Rights (EDRi), the Institute for European Studies of the Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles (USL-B), the Law, Science, Technology & Society research group of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (LSTS-VUB), and Privacy Salon.
The 11th edition of the international conference Computers, Privacy and Data Protection – CPDP2018, which took place last week, was a great success! So many people have contributed in so many ways to make this a memorable edition and we would like to extend a huge thanks to everyone who helped us achieve this.CPDP2018 offered 85 panel sessions with 420 international speakersfrom academia, public and private sectors and civil society. CPDP2018 received 1110 registrations in total! The conference was attended by over 1000 attendees from 55 countries and over 70% of the attendees coming from outside of Belgium. Besides the general programme, CPDP2018 also offered several side events such as open debates, workshops, PechaKucha performances, and art exhibitions.
SAVE THE DATE! CPDP2019 will take placefrom 30th January to the 1st February 2019 in BRUSSELS
In order to ensure a smoothly running conference, we always kick off the organistion of the next edition shortly after the end of the conference. We have issued the CPDP2019 Call for Panels, which you can find here.For those of you who could not make it to CPDP2018, we filmed most of the sessions with the explicit permission of the panelisits and started posting them here. All recorded conference sessions will be available online on our YouTube channel.Please keep checking www.cpdpconferences.org for first-hand news about CPDP2019.
SAVE THE DATE
The 9th Annual European Data Protection & Privacy Conference
What next for European and global data privacy?
Thursday 21 February 2019 | Brussels
Mark your calendar for the 9th installment of the EU data protection and privacy conference. On 21 February 2019, European and global leaders will convene for a strategic discussion on harnessing the power of data for economic growth and societal benefits through trust and responsible use.
- To recognize the year’s leading privacy research and analytical work that is relevant to policymakers in the United States Congress, at United States federal agencies, and for data protection authorities internationally.
- To highlight important work that analyzes current and emerging privacy issues and proposes achievable short-term solutions or new means of analysis that could lead to real-world policy solutions.
- To showcase the winning authors and summaries of their work in an annual Privacy Papers for Policymakers Digest, to be distributed to a wide range of United States and international policymakers.
FPF will invite winning authors to present their work at an annual event with top policymakers and privacy leaders in Washington, DC on February 6, 2019. FPF will also publish a printed digest of the summaries of the winning papers for distribution to policymakers in the United States and abroad.
Each year, winning privacy papers are summarized and compiled into an accessible digest which is showcased to policymakers, privacy professionals, and the public.