Hiding Information Inside Big Data, and the Hypocrisy of Privacy

Alicia Asin (Libelium)
Location: 211-212
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“Welcome to the era of big, bad, open information.”

Analysts have predicted huge numbers of Internet-connected devices in our future for years now. We may dispute the number, but it is clear that the Internet of Things (IoT) will produce a colossal amount of data.

Our social networks collect masses of data and so do the sensor networks that blanket our cities and everywhere else—from outer space down to our personal items. Before we can even figure out how huge data can translate to information, via context, people are already declaring a state of surveillance capitalism running our lives. The question of privacy looms large. Is it hypocrisy? What would happen if big data were open data?

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Alicia Asin


Alicia Asín is CEO and co-founder of Libelium, the wireless sensor hardware
provider, creators of Waspmote, a modular, open source sensor platform for the
Internet of Things (IoT). Alicia is a computer engineer focused on how IoT can
change our world, starting with Smart Cities and smart agriculture. She is a
frequent speaker at international conferences on issues related to Smart Cities,
wireless sensor networks and IoT.
Alicia is recognized for achievements in business and technology: she was
named best business manager in Foreign Trade (ADEA 2011); she was awarded
the highest recognition for her paper on Computer Architecture (WCAE 2007,
San Diego). Alicia is the first woman to receive the National Young Entrepreneur
Award at the 2014 meeting of the Spanish Confederation of Young
Entrepreneurs (CEAJE). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9Dim11b2M8
Alicia holds a master’s degree in computer engineering from the Polytechnic
Center, University of Zaragoza, and is a graduate of the Cambridge Judge
Business School and ESADE.