Prospects for Privacy Seminar

Prospects for Privacy Seminar

February 14th 2020     11:00 AM – 1:00 PM in Room 8.61 NB, with lunch to follow

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Helen Nissenbaum returns to John Jay on Friday February 14th to participate in a seminar following her lecture.  The seminar dialogue will be initiated by Rachel Greenstadt, and seminar participants include Jonathan Jacobs, Enrique Chavez-Arvizo, and Jacob Sparks.  [This page will be regularly updated to provide an introduction to the seminar participants.]

If possible, please read the short article, Big Data's End Run Around Procedural Privacy Protections, for the seminar.

Rachel Greenstadt Dr. Rachel Greenstadt is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at New York University where she teaches graduate-level courses in computer security and privacy. She founded the Privacy, Security, and Automation Laboratory at Drexel University in 2008. She leads a research team of PhD students and undergraduates with interests and expertise in information extraction, machine learning, agents, privacy, trust, and security. Dr. Greenstadt’s scholarship has been recognized by the privacy research community. She is an alum of the DARPA Computer Science Study Group and a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award. Her work has received the PET Award for Outstanding Research in Privacy Enhancing Technologies and the Andreas Pfitzmann Best Student Paper Award. She served as co-editor-in-chief of the journal Proceedings on Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PoPETs) for the 2017 and 2018 volumes.  Her research has been featured in the New York Times, the New Republic, Der Spiegel, and other local and international media outlets.

Jonathan Jacobs is Director of the Institute for Criminal Justice Ethics and editor of its journal, as well as the Chair of the Department of Philosophy at JJC.  Jon is interested in background issues concerning the quite different presuppositions people might have regarding the value of privacy and its role in people's lives in different political and social cultures. To what extent can such presuppositions and views of privacy be morally anchored in a highly general way or are they inevitably a matter of the political/legal order and "reasons of state"? Is our view of privacy always 'reactive'--a response to current technologies and issues, or can it be characterized in a more basic and normatively authoritative way?

Jacob Sparks is a postdoctoral scholar at the Institute for Practical Ethics at UC, San Diego. He has research projects in the philosophy of technology (focusing on privacy and automation), business ethics, and moral epistemology. He's currently writing on the "ownership model" of privacy, i.e. the idea that privacy rights should be understood as property rights in personal data. This view is reflected in many recent privacy regulations, where the emphasis is on user consent and control. In critiquing the ownership model, Jacob is interested in exploring the value of privacy and its importance to agency.

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