Navigate 2013

// A Day of Discovery


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Thursday, June 20

6 – 8:30 p.m.
New England Lobster Bake (All-access Pass holders only)
Friday, June 21

8 – 8:45 a.m.
8:45 – 9 a.m.
Opening Act
9 – 10:30 a.m.
10:30 – 11 a.m.
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
The Privacy Experience
12:30 – 2 p.m.
Talk Soup Portsmouth (All-access Pass holders only) or Lunch on Your Own (General Admission Pass holders)
2 – 3:30 p.m.
Future Think
3:30 – 4 p.m.
Closing Act


Provocateurs Shel Israel, Co-author, Naked Conversations: How Blogs are Changing the Way Businesses Talk with Customers, Alex “Sandy” Pentland, Director, MIT Human Dynamics Laboratory and Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program, Co-leader, World Economic Forum Big Data and Personal Data Initiatives

Art Interventionist Lauren McCarthy, Designer/Artist/Programmer/Person

Increasingly, we understand that our digital lives are made up of a series of contexts—the data environments within which we travel throughout the day. Marketers certainly see the power of delivering contextualized services through messages and products tailored to who we are and what we are doing at any particular moment (as opposed to an aggregate profile). But privacy norms differ within each data context as well. Navigating these norms while extracting the value of increasingly tailored experiences is no easy task.


Provocateurs Will Dayble, Director, Squareweave, Jason Hong, Associate Professor, Human Computer Interaction Institute, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University

Art Interventionist Kyle McDonald, Artist who works with code as medium and theme, Brooklyn

Conceptualizing, understanding and explaining privacy have remained challenging tasks.  The field has been considered through multiple lenses, including human rights, law, consumer protection and economics. But these approaches have left us with unwieldy privacy policies and unworkable policy solutions. So how do we convey the complexity of data flows and opportunities for control in a manner that is easily understood and empowering to data subjects? As user interfaces reduce in size and change in form, how do we ensure that individuals are engaged and active participants in their digital lives? In other words, how do we promote trust while encouraging the robust growth and use of data through the design of user experiences within current and existing technologies?


Provocateurs Woodrow Hartzog, Assistant Professor, Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, Ian Kerr, Canada Research Chair in Ethics, Law & Technology, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, Adam Thierer, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center, George Mason University Technology Policy Program, Daniel Weitzner, Director, MIT CSAIL Decentralized Information Group

Art Interventionist Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Information artist exploring art as research and public inquiry, Brooklyn

The public policy tools currently used to respond to societal privacy concerns are relatively limited. The Fair Information Practice Principles—a framework of concepts that aims to manage the collection and use of data—have been implemented in various forms within law, regulation and self-regulation for over 40 years. Yet privacy concerns continue to expand. As we review the current public policy toolkit for managing privacy, we’ll ask a challenging question: Will this work in 5 or 10 years? In a moderated dialogue between provocateurs and audience, we’ll consider the advance of technology and business models and the inevitable strains they place on our ability to manage privacy effectively.