Big Data and Ethics





Join us on Thursday, 15 March 2018

1:00 PM to 5:00 PM


Big data is there every time you pick up your smartphone, which can track your daily steps, where you go via geolocation, what time you wake up and go to bed, your punctuality, and even your overall health depending on which features you have enabled. Are you close with your mom; are you a sedentary couch potato; did you commit a murder (iPhone data was recently used in a German murder trial)? Smartphone-generated data can be used to label you—and not just you, your future and past generations too. – Jennifer Miller Full article available

For what purpose was the data originally surrendered? For what purpose is the data now being used?  How far removed from the original context is its new use? Is this appropriate? Consent & Choice – What are the choices given to an affected party?  … Owned – Who owns the resulting insight?  …   Is everyone properly compensated? Access – What access to data is given to the data subject?  It is in this spirit that we have asked experts from the research, medical, financial, business, legal and scientific communities to address this important topic.

Amongst speakers

jennifermiller-200x200Jennifer Miller

Jennifer E. Miller, PhD is an Assistant Professor at NYU School of Medicine and President of Bioethics International. Previously, she was based at Harvard University and Duke University. She serves on the World Economic Forum, NYU’s stem cell IRB, and on NYU Hospital’s Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee. Previously, she served on the CDC’s national taskforce for Pediatric Emergency Mass Critical Care, as a special consultant to the United Nations ECOSOC (organ facilitating international cooperation on standards-making and problem-solving in economic and social issues), as an advisor to the Association of Schools of Public Health’s Preparedness and Response Core Competency Development Project, as a committee member of the AMA’s National Disaster Life Support Education Consortium, and as a monitor for the J&J-NYU Compassionate Use & Expanded Drug Access program. Miller’s expertise has been featured on Fox News, CBS, AP News, NPR, WSJ, Washington Post, Reuters, Newsweek, and the cover of Science Magazine’s Career section. A dynamic speaker, she has co-chaired conferences and panels at Harvard University, Princeton University, Duke University, and for the Biotechnology Industry Organization.

Nanda_KumarNanda Kumar

Nanda Kumar, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Information Systems at the Zicklin School of Business. His current research interests include information visualization, business analytics, healthcare information systems, human-computer interaction, workflow standardization, and technology policy, including privacy issues and net neutrality.  Dr. Kumar’s work has been published in both academic and practitioner journals, including Information Systems ResearchMIS QuarterlyJournal of the Association for Information SystemsCommunications of the ACMIEEE Computer, and IEEE IT Professional. His article on social recommender systems garnered the JAIS Paper of the Year award in the information systems field in 2010.

Nizan-PackinNizan Packin

Nizan Geslevich Packin – Zicklin School of Business. Nizan Geslevich Packin joined the Law Department at the Zicklin School of Business in 2013. She researches and writes about financial regulation, business law, corporate governance, consumer protection, and information policy, including cybersecurity. Before joining Zicklin, she practiced law in the New York office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, in the Banking and Corporate Restructuring groups. At Skadden she represented clients in complex Chapter 11 cases, as well as with international business transactions and credit facilities. Prior to Skadden, Professor Packin served as a law clerk in the Israeli Supreme Court. She also interned at the Federal Trade Commission.


Ronald Jansen

Assistant Director of the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) in New York. He is responsible for coordinating international statistical standards, compilation guidance and capacity development in the areas of international trade and economic globalization, business and tourism statistics. His team also maintains the UN Comtrade database (see Since 2014, he is co-leading the Division’s work on innovation and modernization of official statistics through the use of Big Data to support the monitoring of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development. His educational background is in Statistics and Psychology, graduated in 1984 at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. He taught Statistics at the University of Nijmegen from 1984 till 1989 and obtained a PhD in mathematical modelling of human information processing in 1990. He joined the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) in June 1990.

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