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The disclosure of personal information is an inevitable part of social life in this digital era. We often hand over private information to companies unintentionally, as technologies allow companies to constantly analyse our behaviour. Dr de Montjoye and Dr McIlwraith will discuss the boon and bane of big data, especially the implications on privacy.
Protecting our privacy in the digital era: we are betrayed by our own behaviour
Dr Yves-Alexandre de Montjoye (Lecturer at the Data Science Institute)
We are living in the age of big data, where large-scale mobile phone, credit card, or browsing datasets can be captured and analysed in real time. However, the use of these data raises public concern about privacy. Dr de Montjoye will discuss how human behaviour could compromise the privacy of individuals, allowing re-identification or inference of sensitive information. He will also present potential solutions being developed for enhancing privacy protection.
Am I being monitored for my own good?
Dr Douglas McIlwraith (Research Fellow at the Data Science Institute)
Big data helps companies to offer personalised services based on the data of each individual customer. Although this dramatically improves the quality of services, it also raises concern about the infringement of privacy. Dr McIlwraith will unveil the technologies behind personalisation and discuss the implications on privacy. In addition to his outstanding academic career, Dr McIlwraith is active in the start-up space, commercialising computational advertising techniques.