Given the reach of personal data collection, the porousness of system boundaries, and 2013’s cornucopia of stories about mass surveillance, our collective anxiety about the death of privacy is understandable. However, reports of privacy’s death have been greatly exaggerated. So too have claims that “you own your data” – law and business practice say otherwise. Thanks to the diligent efforts of standards designers, system architects, government lawyers, cryptographers, and civil servants, privacy lives on. It needs champions, and that means all of us.
While technology’s evolution has a tremendous impact on privacy, it’s critical to remember that privacy is a social characteristic, not merely a regime to control the flow of information. And while traditional conceptions of privacy must adapt to the relentless collection and processing of personal data, the principles that lead us to value privacy are rooted deeply within our social and political institutions. The social contract relies not only upon laws to maintain order and fairness, but also upon responsible personal behavior. Fortunately, technologists infuse their work with their values – a design ethos is emergent.
This talk explores the principles of transparency, unlinkability, and intervenability – privacy ‘tools’ that system designers can use to support the responsible use of technology. These principles relate to the core values of privacy and this talk aims to arm technologists with the language to help them explain those values to their colleagues, managers, and customers.
Dr. Gilad Rosner is a researcher and consultant in the fields of privacy and identity management. He is interested in how society is becoming more electronic, and the ways that social interests like privacy adapt and extend within the emerging digital identity layer. Gilad’s doctoral work examined US and European citizen online identity initiatives, and the role of privacy-preserving architectures within them. He consults on authentication, data protection, trust services, and personal data privacy and ethics. Gilad is also a technologist and manager, having worked with digital media, automation and telecommunications. Prior to becoming a researcher, he helped design, prototype and manufacture an Emmy award-winning robotic video migration system known as SAMMA. Gilad is currently a Visiting Researcher at the Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute in the UK.