Symposium on Big Data, Security, and Privacy
Tuesday, October 29
240 Dockser Hall
This symposium, the closing plenary of the 5th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Nanosciences and Emerging Technologies, examines the great opportunities in as well as policy and humanistic implications of the convergence of our growing technological capacity to collect, store, and analyze ever-greater amounts of digital information. Such Big Data initiatives, including many at Northeastern, have immense potential for more data-driven decision-making even as they generate important implications for issues of personal autonomy, security, and civil liberties. Our panel of experts includes both those who can speak to the vast potential for Big Data analytics to those who raise important concerns about individual security, privacy, and autonomy. We invite the entire Northeastern community to join us for what promises to be a thought-provoking session.
Moderator: Ronald Sandler, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Director of the Northeastern University Ethics Institute
Ashish Cowlagi, Government Solutions & Smart Cities, IBM Software Group — As Worldwide Offering manager for IBM Corporation, Ashish Cowlagi has responsibilities spanning product/asset development, M&A, acquisition integration, strategy, and business development for the Government Industry and the Smarter Cities business for IBM Software Group. Prior to this he was one of the founding members of the Industry Frameworks organization and led go-to-market and marketing strategy. He brings experience from a number of previous technical and business leadership roles within and outside of IBM. Mr. Cowlagi is an active community organizer and volunteer and currently serves on the board of the India Society of Worcester.
Holly Jimison recently joined Northeastern University as a Professor of Practice with a co-appointment in the College of Computer and Information Science and the Bouve College of Health Sciences. Her previous research at Oregon Health & Science University involved developing design principles for technology to enable patients to be more active and engaged in their medical care. She served on the Executive Council for the Oregon Center for Aging & Technology and has ongoing research projects on tailoring health interventions for older adults based on feedback from in-home monitoring, as well as computer modeling projects for assessing cognitive states using embedded metrics within adaptive computer games. Dr. Jimison also served as a Technology Advisor and Health Scientist with the Office of Behavioral & Social Sciences Research at the National Institutes of Health. Her NIH work focused on defining new research directions for shared medical decision making and on “big data” initiatives related to developing clinically relevant behavioral markers based on the monitoring of health behaviors in the home and environment. Dr. Jimison now serves as Director of the new Consortium on Technology for Proactive Care at Northeastern University.
Christopher Soghoian is the Principal Technologist and a Senior Policy Analyst with the American Civil Liberties Union Speech, Privacy and Technology Project. He completed his Ph.D. at Indiana University in 2012, which focused on the role that third party service providers play in facilitating law enforcement surveillance of their customers. Between 2009 and 2010, he was the first ever in-house technologist at the Federal Trade Commission’s Division of Privacy and Identity Protection, where he worked on investigations of Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and Netflix. Prior to joining the FTC, he co-created the Do Not Track privacy anti-tracking mechanism now adopted by all of the major web browsers.
Co-sponsored by the NU Humanities Center and the NU Ethics Institute
Led by Christopher Bosso, Professor, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs