Topic 4 Ranking the Rights | UC Berkeley SDR | Fall 2016

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Welcome to the Social Data Revolution. This is topic 4, and the topic is ranking the rights. Now let’s reveal, with Raven ranking the rights and Gam commenting on the rights. What have we got back from the students?

Before I start, I wanted to recount a couple of stories. A few weeks ago, Andreas and I were at a breakfast with DJ Patel, the chief data officer of the U.S. And one question I had for him was you can see technology moving that fast. What is being done in the legislative framework to keep up with what’s going on with the data? He pretty much threw up his hands and said, “It’s not going fast enough. It’s just a legal mire.”

The second story was over dinner over the weekend I met somebody from Google. She’s been there nine years. She writes strategy for Google so kind of an important position in a company that is sitting on quite a lot of our data. I was discussing with her some of the notions of data privacy, and the fact Google doesn’t want to do any evil. No individual reads your emails. Machines do but that didn’t seem to bother her too much.

We got into quite a warm debate, but at the end of it the thing that came out was there was a story I told when I was mining telematics data off cars for insurance. One of the things, a lady called us up and said I think my husband’s having an affair. Can you see if his car is going to this house? We looked at it was. But we couldn’t tell her because it was his data.

The lady from Google said but they’re married. It’s her data too. And we said no, he’s the account holder. I very much forbade anybody giving that data out because it was his. And it was his rights. One of the things we thought about there was if there was a pre-nup would data be included?

Those are two very significant things. The thing I wanted to tell you that this discussion on these data privacy rights is not being had in many places, and it’s going to be really important. The fact that I’m here witnessing you reacting to them is a really big moment for me. I think this is going to be significant. I believe anyway, so what we’re saying here is really interesting for me.

Awesome. I think the response you have is also very interesting to us. It’s quite clear there are some patterns we can see from the numbers, so this is like all your responses put up in comparison.

It seems most are in agreement the right to access is kind of the first right that is necessary. Maybe one of you can share with us why you came to that conclusion. Is that because of what we talked about just now in the class? Anyone like to elaborate?

I think it’s like sine qua non right, like if you don’t have the right to access your data how can you amend it, how can you blur it, how can you port it? It’s the basis of the pyramid.

The course starts with an overview of the principles of ubiquitous data. We’ll then discuss how data science is revolutionizing commerce, education, health, wealth, and work. Students will understand the opportunities and risks of the irreversible shift in business and human interaction created by the social data revolution. Some industry leaders will join us, similar to past years (2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008)

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