In 2008, when I founded The Future of
Privacy Forum and immediately thereafter when Jules Polonetsky
joined as executive director, our vision for The Future of Privacy Forum would
that- it would be a place where we could advance the responsible use of data
while respecting individual privacy. We work with academics, advocates, chief
privacy officers of almost 150 companies to try to advance responsible practices.
We’re optimists about tech and data, but we recognize that real serious ethical
and privacy-related concerns need to be in place for us to get the best out of
data and technology. The academic community has been working for years
struggling to solve some of the most challenging data problems: artificial
intelligence, big data, wearables. Some of this work is incredibly important, but it
may not be easily available to the leaders of companies, it may not be
available to busy members of Congress. The Future of Privacy Forum is bringing
together interdisciplinary chief privacy officers, academics, advocates, and
government; learning, to share knowledge, to collaborate, and hopefully find
solutions to improve society.