Recent Events

Privacy and Government Cross-Border Requests for Data
February 17, 2016
Professor Peter Swire, a distinguished privacy and cyber security law scholar visited Moritz to discuss “Privacy and Government Cross-Border Requests for Data.” At the Program on Data and Governance’s first Data Points lecture, Professor Swire explored the differences between American and European Union privacy laws and the obligations that companies may face in responding to domestic and international law enforcement requests for user account information.

The Three Laws of Robotics in the Age of Big Data
October 27, 2016
Jack Balkin, the Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment at Yale Law School, presented a paper considering the legal and policy “laws of robotics” that could govern how human beings use robots, algorithms, and artificial intelligence agents. Professor Balkin further explored how government may set such rules consistent with the First Amendment. Professor Frank Pasquale of the University of Maryland School of Law joined the lecture to comment on Balkin’s presentation and engaged him in dialogue. To read Professor Balkin’s forthcoming article in the Ohio State Law Journal, see here.

Examining Ethics, Privacy, and Research Reviews
June 14, 2016
The Program on Data and Governance and the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) hosted a discussion of ethics, privacy, and practical research reviews in corporate settings in the nation’s capital — Washington, D.C. Following calls by the White House to develop strong data ethics frameworks, corporate and academic leaders convened to discuss how to integrate ethical and privacy considerations into innovative data projects and research. The roundtable was an important extension of FPF’s December 2015 workshop, “Beyond IRBs: Designing Ethical Review Processes for Big Data Research,” which was supported by the National Science Foundation and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Voter Privacy in the Age of Big Data
April 15, 2016
Ira Rubinstein, senior fellow at New York University’s Information Law Institute and former associate general counsel at Microsoft, visited the Moritz College of Law to discuss his article “Voter Privacy in the Age of Big Data” and other issues associated with the application of data analytics tools to the processes of democracy. The event was jointly sponsored by the Program on Data and Governance and the Ohio State Democracy Studies Program.

Security or Security: Apple versus the FBI
March 10, 2016
A panel of expert faculty discussed Apple’s decision to resist a court order to “unlock” the cell phone of the deceased San Bernardino terrorist attacker for authorities. Panelists included, Dennis Hirsch, professor and director of the Program on Data and Governance; Margot E. Kaminski, assistant professor at Moritz and affiliated fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School; and Ric Simmons, Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer Professor for the Administration of Justice and Rule of Law