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Make Data Work
Oct 15–17, 2014 • New York, NY

Building Privacy Protected Data Systems

Ari Gesher (Kairos Aerospace), John Grant (Palantir Technologies), Courtney Bowman (Palantir Technologies)
9:00am–12:30pm Wednesday, 10/15/2014
Business & Industry, Law, Ethics & Open Data, Security
Location: 1 C03/1 C04
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Protecting privacy and civil liberties is an important aspect of data system design. Any system that will be handling financial information, communications, personally-identifiable information, medical data, or any other of a myriad data types needs to be built to preserve the privacy of the data about individuals and organizations contained within it.

Palantir Technologies builds data analysis products, built with careful safeguards and oversight, designed to hold some of the world’s most sensitive information. From the beginning, privacy protections and rigorous oversight capabilities have been baked into the data platforms we design and sell.

In addition to our technical capabilities, we have a team dedicated to understanding how to deploy this technology in a fashion that protects privacy to the utmost degree while still allowing organizations to do their work efficiently and effective. The Privacy and Civil Liberties Team consults with privacy experts from both the technical and legal spheres to understand the legal, ethical, and technical constraints around the collection and use of data. They then apply this knowledge to help individual customers be legal and responsible (when there is no existing regulation) in their handling of data.

Written by the Privacy and Civil Liberties Team, the upcoming book, Architecture of Privacy is a survey of the privacy protection landscape and the sharing of accumulated decades of wisdom on how to build these systems in the wild.

This workshop will delve into a number of topics related to privacy and handling of data:

  1. What is privacy? How to think about privacy from a legal and ethical perspective.
  2. Federated systems to limit sharing of data between organizations or teams.
  3. Selective sharing architectures where access is compartmentalized on a field level to different groups of users.
  4. Purpose-driven revealing of data, enabling analysts to discover relevant data they have don’t have access to and given them a way to justify access to specific records.
  5. Beyond simple audit logging: effective strategies for using audit logs and monitoring as an effective oversight regime.
  6. Building with data purging and data retention policies in mind.
  7. Privacy issues in data collection systems.
  8. Secure architectures and other privacy related topics in information security.

While this is a workshop on technical system architecture, there will be no coding involved – we’ll be talking about systems design at a high-level.

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Ari Gesher

Kairos Aerospace

Ari Gesher is a senior engineer and Engineering Ambassador at Palantir Technologies.

At Palantir Technologies, Ari has split his time between working as a backend engineer on Palantir’s analysis platform, thinking and writing about Palantir’s vision for human-driven information data systems, and moonlighting on both Palantir’s Privacy and Civil Liberties team and Philanthropic engineering team. His current role involves understanding and discussing Palantir’s role in the world of analytics, big data, the future of technology, and it’s impact on the world.

An alumnus of the University of Illinois computer science department, Ari has worked in the software industry for the past fifteen years, including a stint as the lead engineer for the open source software archive.

Ari often speaks on the topic of big data and the limits of automated decision making. Recently, he’s spoken at GigaOm Structure, MIT’s Technology Review’s EmTech Conference, Harvard Business School, the Institute for the Future’s Tech Horizons Conference, multiple O’Reilly Strata Big Data Conferences, the Economist Future Technologies Summit, and PayPal’s TechXploration series.

John Grant

Palantir Technologies

John joined Palantir Technologies in September 2010 as a Civil Liberties Engineer. Previously, John served for nearly a decade as an advisor in the United States Senate. He earned his law degree from Georgetown shortly after joining the staff of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. As Counsel to Ranking Member Senator Susan Collins, John handled the Committee’s intelligence and privacy and civil liberties portfolios. He conducted oversight of numerous programs within the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. intelligence community as well as investigations into intelligence failures that led to the attacks at Fort Hood and the failed 2009 Christmas Day bombings.

Courtney Bowman

Palantir Technologies

Courtney Bowman is one of Palantirʼs in-house Privacy and Civil Liberties specialists, with extensive experience working with local government (including law enforcement, criminal justice, health and social services) to develop technology-driven solutions to information sharing and inter-agency cooperation in a manner that respects applicable privacy, security, and data integrity requirements. Prior to Palantir, Courtney earned degrees in Physics and Philosophy at Stanford University and worked as a quantitative and economic analyst at Google.

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Andy Welch
10/11/2014 9:52am EDT

Aloha, are there any downloads we should bring with us? (The StrataConf “Your Confirmation Code and Other Important Information” encourages us to check.)