On the 8th of March 2019, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, an independent, nonpartisan organization, held and event on the topic of democracy in age of big data. Here is a good description written up for the event invite:
Next year China is expected to implement a far-reaching Social Credit system, using data collected from a multitude of digital sources to score the “trustworthiness” of its citizens. For many in the West, such all-encompassing surveillance might sound darkly Orwellian. But the platforms and devices used by the Chinese system are proliferating, and today the United States government and tech giants like Facebook and Google, possess previously unimaginable troves of information on the public’s activities and interests.
How can democratic societies prevent this mass collection of data from being misused in ways that undermine rights and freedoms, or leave public opinion open to manipulation? Where do we draw the line between privacy and transparency in the digital age?
Guests who spoke at this event included:
- Elizabeth Banker: Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Internet Association
- Michelle Richardson: Director of the Data & Privacy Project, Center for Democracy and Technology
- Adrian Shahbaz: Research Director, Technology and Democracy, Freedom House
- Lauren Bean Buitta: Founder, Girl Security
The video lasts for about an hour. Take a look: