“Almost every time we go online, using our computers or mobile devices, each of us produces data in some form. This data may contain only oblique information about who we are and what we are doing, but when enough of it is aggregated, facts about us which we believed were private has the potential to become known to and used by others.”
A bit scary, right? This comes directly from the website of the Future of Privacy Forum, which is a Washington, DC-based think tank that seeks to advance responsible data practices in the digital age. Jules Polonetsky, the Director and Co-Chair of the Future of Privacy Forum will be in Doha on Monday, November 28 as part of ictQATAR’s Connected Speakers Series. (Register here) Jules, a former Chief Privacy Officer at AOL, is one of the leading experts on privacy in the world, and his current focus areas are online data use, smart grid, mobile data, apps and social media.
I spoke with Jules a few weeks ago as he was preparing for his talk and was truly astounded by the sheer amount of data that is out there about each and every one of us, and just how little regulation there is about how this data is used. The fact is, each of us willingly shares more and more data each day, whether it is through our favorite websites, a mobile application or via various social media networks. The Internet has certainly made sharing easier and more of the norm, so it’s likely we will continue to share more about ourselves online. The question then is, how can we be sure this data is used responsibly and that we are protected from serious risks? Clearly there are tons of innovative uses of this data, but what is the line between innovation and privacy? I’ll leave that to Jules to answer during his talk!
For anyone that is interested in learning more about the future of privacy, particularly online privacy, I highly recommend checking out the resources on Future of Privacy Forum website, and of course, don’t miss Jules’ talk on Monday, November 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Sharq. To register, visit the event’s Eventbrite page. Also, feel free to submit any questions via comments and I’ll share them with Jules before his talk. Hope to see you there!