Briefing Room


The Sidley Austin Distinguished Lecture on Big Data Law and Policy

October 27, 2016 | Multimedia

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Big data is all the rage these days. Employing increasingly sophisticated algorithms and artificial intelligence technologies, businesses and governments are enthusiastically using big data to solve problems and create value. At the same time, individuals are increasingly worried about how massive data collection and analysis will impact their privacy, and whether companies and governments will use it fairly. Do we need ground rules to encourage the many benefits, and reduce the risks, of our new algorithmic society? If so, can government set such rules consistent with the First Amendment?

Jack Balkin, Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment at Yale Law School, explored these question in a distinguished lecture titled “The Three Laws of Robotics in the Age of Big Data.” Professor Frank Pasquale of the University of Maryland School of Law, author of a leading book on big data law and policy, commented on Balkin’s lecture and engaged him in dialogue.

With generous support from the law firm of Sidley Austin LLP.