Strata 2013 Law, Ethics, and Open Data Sessions

Open data and heightened privacy concerns mean new, and often controversial, thinking on governance, ethics, and compliance.

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Alexander Howard is the Government 2.0 Correspondent for O'Reilly Media, where he reports on technology, open government and online civics. Before joining O'Reilly, Howard was the associate editor of at TechTarget. His work there focused on how regulations affect IT operations, including issues of data protection, privacy, security and enterprise IT strategy. Before moving the focus of his coverage to cybersecurity, online privacy and compliance, Howard was the associate editor of, an online IT encyclopedia. In that role, he researched and wrote about nearly every aspect of enterprise IT, including the impact of social software on business and the media. In his spare time, he practiced writing about himself in the third person, with mixed results. Howard's work experience also includes working in operations for an e-business consultancy, as a knowledge broker for a management consulting firm, as a middle school teacher, as a master home builder and, very briefly, as a garden manager at an outstanding Italian restaurant. Howard graduated from Colby College with a bachelor's degree in biology and sociology.

Terence Craig is CEO and CTO of PatternBuilders, a real-time, big data analytics application provider that makes big data analytics a reality for organizations and businesses of any size. With over 20 years of experience in both executive and technical management roles with leading-edge private and public technology companies, Terence brings a unique and innovative view of what is needed—from both an operational and technology perspective—to build a world class analytics platform that is focused on the innovative development of analytic applications designed to improve companies' and organizations' profitability and efficiencies.

Ballroom E
Shelley Evenson (Fjord)
Average rating: ****.
(4.17, 6 ratings)
In today's world, decisions are made for us based on data. On one hand, this is appealing, but on the other hand its disorienting. To address this, designers need to focus on the things that make us uniquely human and focus on the translation between the abstract and human. This presentation will look at the ways humans make decisions and how big data and technology can enable this, not lead it. Read more.
Ballroom E
Joseph Turian (Workday)
Average rating: ****.
(4.25, 4 ratings)
When a data scientist crosses over to the dark side, look out. High-quality spam, large-scale CAPTCHA-breaking, impolite spiders, oh my! This talk will explore attack vectors that can be exploited by black-hat data scientists. We'll also discuss countermeasures and defenses that are available to the good guys, and assess their effectiveness. Read more.
Ballroom E
Lutz Finger (Google)
Average rating: ***..
(3.86, 7 ratings)
From politicians to marketers everyone tries to influence. Data analytics of traditional as well as social media data has made it easier to spot deliberate attempts to skew the public opinion. The talk will give insights into new measurements by analyzing large events such as the London Olympics. Those measures will help to disguise the more and more sophisticated attempts of fake influence. Read more.
Ballroom E
Jo Prichard (LexisNexis Risk Solutions)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 4 ratings)
This session will demonstrate to attendees how easy it is to crowdsource identity theft to commit fraud and make money. We will look at which segments of the population are easy targets for large scale identity fraud. Attendees will be given methodologies to combat this type of fraud leveraging Big Data and various technologies. Read more.
Ballroom E
Jim Adler (Metanautix)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 3 ratings)
At Strata 2012 in New York, we discussed the hazards of curbing big data inferences by defining a new category of thoughtcrime. After all, acting on thoughts might constitute a crime, but thoughts, in isolation, cannot be criminal. It's time to go deeper. Let's create and evaluate a predictive criminal model that highlights where the sensitivities lie, both technically and ethically. Read more.
Ballroom E
Alysa Z. Hutnik (Kelley Drye & Warren LLP)
Average rating: ****.
(4.67, 3 ratings)
Privacy laws as to a company’s obligations on data collection, use, disclosure are changing rapidly. Failing to understand how the laws affect a company’s personal data assets can result in media exposes, regulatory investigations, Congressional hearings and lawsuits. This session will provide guidance on “privacy by design” compliance and practical tips to avoid becoming a target of scrutiny. Read more.
Ballroom E
Fred Trotter (
At Strata RX, we announced the release of DocGraph, the largest open named social graph data set that we know of. This data set included links between doctor who commonly team together in the Medicare dataset. Since then, we have added tremendous depth to the data by crowdfunding the acquisition of doctor credentialing data. Come learn how healthcare works under the cover. Read more.
Ballroom E
John Foreman (MailChimp)
Average rating: ****.
(4.67, 9 ratings)
Hear from MailChimp’s Chief Scientist John Foreman as he dishes on dirty data and demonstrates the latest in MailChimp’s anti-abuse artificial intelligence. MailChimp sends 3 billion emails a month for their millions of users, and they can't afford to let a drop of spam go out. Learn how the company is using cutting edge NoSQL solutions and predictive models to leave the bad guys out in the cold. Read more.
Ballroom E
Sandra Crucianelli (International Center for Journalists), Angélica Peralta Ramos (La Nacion Newspaper)
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 1 rating)
A way to introduce the idea that access to Big Data in many countries – especially Argentina – is still a work in progress and somewhat politicized. Despite that, media like La Nacion Newspaper, are working with developers and experts in Data Viz to address the lack of transparency and accountability. Read more.
Ballroom E
Lisa Green (Common Crawl), Greg Lindahl (blekko), Kevin Burton (Spinn3r)
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 2 ratings)
Big data tools made it possible to gain extremely valuable insight from large scale analysis of web data, but until recently few people had access to the data. Now tools like Grep the Web and increased raw access to web data grant anyone the power to do such analysis. This presentation addresses practical applications of web data analysis that you can incorporate into your research or products. Read more.
Ballroom E
Dean Malmgren (Datascope Analytics), Mike Stringer (Datascope Analytics)
Electronic discovery has transformed the way cases are litigated. Gone are the days of manual review, where litigators spent days poring over emails, messages, and documents. Today's e-discovery technologies mine through vast troves of information, looking for the needle in the proverbial haystack that will blow a case wide open. Read more.


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