What's Mine is Yours: the Ethics of Big Data Ownership

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To many people, Big Data means Open Data: social graphs, voting records, weather patterns, and more. But who owns data? Most of our laws were written for atoms, not bits; they’re woefully out of date in an information age. When you share data, does it become more or less valuable? If someone adds to your data, is it still yours? This panel will tackle the gray area of data ownership.

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Dylan Field

Brown University

Dylan Field is a student at Brown University. Last summer, Dylan was a data mining / analytics intern at LinkedIn. He was previously a research assistant to danah boyd at Microsoft NERD. In the summer of 2009, he worked as a developer for Indinero (YC ‘10). During high school, Dylan interned for O’Reilly Media.

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Lucian Lita

Yoyo Labs

Founder and CEO at YoyoLabs, building custom data platforms, services, and data products with a bias towards personalization and privacy. Previously director of data engineering at Intuit, leading data platform, a/b testing, personalization, and real time services across US and the EU. Founded Level Up Analytics, a data science consulting firm building custom data products. Built and ran the engineering and analytics / data science teams at BlueKai. Led data science efforts in information extraction and medical data search within Siemens Healthcare. Lucian holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Carnegie Mellon, where he focused on applied machine learning and natural language processing.

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Jud Valeski


Jud Valeski is co-founder and CEO of Gnip, a real-time data portability software initiative. From client-side consumer facing products, to large scale back-end infrastructure projects, he has enjoyed working with technology for over twenty years. He’s been a part of engineering, product, and M&A teams at IBM, Netscape, onebox.com, AOL, and me.dium. He has played a central role in the release of a wide range of products used by tens of millions of users worldwide.

Beginning his career as a Smalltalk intern in IBM’s logistics department, Jud built cost optimization & modeling software and ported desktop apps to IBM’s intranet. From there he joined Netscape Communications and worked on the networking and cookie components of the browser.

After integrating Netscape Gecko across AOL’s entire client-side software suite, he wanted to experience life on other side of the socket. Before transitioning to server-side architecture, he negotiated the spin-out of Mozilla from AOL. Jud then drove the migration of AOL from its proprietary back-end framework to standards based web technologies.

Jud pursues big ideas that have the potential to change large scale behavior. He lives passionately in Boulder, CO with his wife and two children.

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Tim O'Reilly

O'Reilly Media, Inc.

Tim has a history of convening conversations that reshape the industry. In 1998, he organized the meeting where the term “open source software” was agreed on, and helped the business world understand its importance. In 2004, with the Web 2.0 Summit, he defined how “Web 2.0” represented not only the resurgence of the web after the dot com bust, but a new model for the computer industry, based on big data, collective intelligence, and the internet as a platform. In 2009, with his “Gov 2.0 Summit,” he framed a conversation about the modernization of government technology that has shaped policy and spawned initiatives at the Federal, State, and local level, and around the world. He has now turned his attention to implications of the on-demand economy and other technologies that are transforming the nature of work and the future shape of the business world. He is the founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media and a partner at O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV). He is also a founder and board member at Maker Media, which spun out of O’Reilly Media in 2012, and a board member at Code for America, PeerJ, Civis Analytics, and PopVox.

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Mark J. Levitt
02/03/2011 7:06am PST

Great job, Dylan!

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Duncan Ross
02/03/2011 7:03am PST

Great chairing by Dylan – good on you for repeating the question, it’s been a frustration that there haven’t been microphones for audience questions…


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