Big Data is a big deal for businesses, consumers, academics, and policymakers. There's no doubt it opens the door to more powerful analytical techniques that can advance medical research, education, transportation, etc. But some have voiced concerns about whether it may be used to categorize consumers in ways that may affect them unfairly, or even unlawfully. That's the topic on the table at an FTC workshop, Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion?, and it's happening today, Monday, September 15, 2014.
If you plan to participate in person, the workshop will be held at the Constitution Center – the FTC staff's new home – located at 400 7th Street, S.W., steps from the L'Enfant Plaza Metro. (The 7th & D Streets exit takes you to the Constitution Center's front door.) Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.
Can't make it to Washington? You can watch the webcast from your desk, beginning at 9:00 a.m. with opening remarks from FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez. In addition, we'll live-tweet the workshop from our @TechFTC Twitter account. Tweet questions and follow the conversation using #BigData. You can also send questions in the workshop thread on the FTC’s Facebook page.