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Data Ethics: Exploring Vice and Virtue in Big Data

Nutter McClennen & Fish

Wednesday • February 13

Clock Icon 5:30 PM
Money Icon $10 - $45
Location Icon Nutter McClennen & Fish
155 Seaport Boulevard, Seaport West 5th Floor, Louis D. Brandeis Conference Center
Boston, MA 02210

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With great power, comes great responsibility. Voltaire said it long ago and it still resonates, especially when you’re talking about the ethical use of data.

As big data and machine learning become essential in business operations, we’re seeing more and more flaws in data-driven algorithms and malpractice in the use of data emerge. This New York Times article entitled “Your Apps Know Where You Were Last Night, and They’re Not Keeping It Secret,” is just one recent example. Facebook, as we all know, is another.

As even more stories emerge in the mainstream media, it’s clear that government, businesses, from the fortune 500 to the earliest stage startup, and individuals all need to take the responsible handling of data seriously.

In collaboration with Insight Data Science, join us as we gather a panel of experts for a crash course in data ethics by exploring questions like:

  • Why is data ethics so important right now?
  • What are some of the biggest challenges of data ethics?
  • Why should companies and consumers care about data ethics?
  • How should they safeguard themselves?
  • Should we expect a data scientist to address social, economic and political bias in data models?


Karen Hao, AI and Social Impact Reporter,  MIT Tech Review


Clare Bernard, Director of Product, Data Generation, The Broad Institute
Irene Chen, PhD Candidate, MIT CSAIL and Founder, AI Ethics Reading Group
Dan Stowell, Head of Engineering, Canopy
Greg Woolf, CEO/founder, Coalesce.ai 

Event Schedule

Registration & Networking: 5:30 - 6:00 PM
Welcome and Panel Discussion: 6:00 - 7:15 PM
Networking hour after the event 7:15 - 8:00 PM

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