2020 Events







Upcoming Events

Understanding Racial Bias in Algorithms

September 25, 2020

This event kicks off the 2020-2021 Program on Data and Governance’s Data Points Lecture Series, sponsored by Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP.


We will make a recording available after the event.

About the Event

In the digital society, algorithms can be a major source of implicit bias and structural racism. Racial, gender, and other types of harmful bias can be baked into the algorithms that companies use to decide who gets jobs, loans, or insurance, and that government uses to determine who gets paroled or who is placed on the no-fly list. Identifying and preventing the racial bias in these algorithms is one of the key civil rights challenges of our era.

In this event, a panel of Ohio State professors and researchers will help us to understand racial bias in algorithms – what it is, how it happens, what harms result, and how we can work to eliminate it.

Dennis Hirsch | Professor of Law, Moritz College of Law, and Director, Program on Data and Governance

Tanya Berger-Wolf | Faculty Director, Translational Data Analytics Institute; Professor, Computer Science and Engineering; Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology; and Electrical and Computer Engineering
Kelly Capatosto | Senior Data and Policy Specialist, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity
Sean Hill | Assistant Professor, Moritz College of Law
Christopher Stewart | Associate Professor, Computer Science and Engineering

Recent Events

Your Phone Could Help Fight the Pandemic – But What Would That Mean For Your Privacy?

May 21, 2020

This event concludes the 2019-2020 Program on Data and Governance’s Data Points Lecture Series, sponsored by Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP.

RECORDING of the Zoom webinar.
(We have reviewed and edited the audio transcript to correct errors; some transcription errors may still exist.)

About the Event

Public health authorities are looking to use cell phone data to track both the spread of the COVID-19 virus and people’s social distancing practices. These and other technological responses promise important public health benefits. But they can also seriously endanger our privacy. What is the right balance between public health and privacy, and how can we achieve it?

Join us as a panel of experts discusses how technology is being used to battle COVID-19, the privacy threats that this creates, and how society can best safeguard our privacy – and our health – during the pandemic.

Dennis Hirsch | Professor of Law, Moritz College of Law, and Director, Program on Data and Governance

Bryan Choi | Assistant Professor, Moritz College of Law and Computer Science & Engineering at The Ohio State University

Stacey Gray | Senior Counsel at the Future of Privacy Forum
Jennifer Lee | Technology & Liberty Program Manager at the ACLU of Washington
Brian Ray | Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Michelle Richardson | Director of the Privacy & Data Project at the Center for Democracy & Technology

Elections in the Era of Technological Threats and Opportunities

January 17, 2020

This symposium is co-organized by The Ohio State Technology Law Journal (OSTLJ) , the Program on Data and Governance, Election Law @ Moritz, and the Center for Interdisciplinary Law and Policy Studies.

In 2016, American technology was used to sabotage American elections in ways that shocked the nation and the world. At the same time, that same technology has been celebrated for facilitating unprecedented political organization and participation. As lawmakers, election officials, and lawyers work to protect elections across the globe, they will need a detailed understanding of the technologies at stake. What are the technological threats and opportunities for election governance in the interconnected digital environment of the 21st century? How should those threats and opportunities be affected by law, regulation, and policy?

On January 17, 2020, the Ohio State Technology Law Journal will host its annual symposium to tackle this new reality. Three panels of experts in law, computer science, political science, and journalism will address a range of topics including: proposals to improve and monitor ballot technology; state and federal reforms to secure the accuracy of the voting process; content moderation of political speech on social media sites; regulation of campaign finance, including foreign sources; and online intimidation of voters.

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Exam Break: US Senate Commerce Hearing Watch Party

December 4, 2019

The Moritz community is invited to this exam break in Saxbe, where PDG faculty, staff, and students will be watching and discussing the live stream of the US Senate Commerce Committee’s hearing on comprehensive federal data privacy legislation.

Distinguished Lecture on Economics of Data Privacy

November 21, 2019

This event is the Program on Data and Governance’s signature annual Distinguished Lecture on Big Data Law and Policy, presented by the Program on Data & Governance and co-sponsored by the Department of Economics and the Decision Sciences Collaborative

Who Benefits from the Data Economy
Thursday, November 21st, 2019 | 4:00-5:30 pm with reception to follow
The Ideation Zone at Pomerene Hall (Rm. 320)
1760 Neil Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43210
Parking is available at the 12th Avenue Garage.
Advance registration required. RSVP requested by November 14th.

About the Event

In the big data economy, consumer data often unlocks free or discounted services. But, at what cost?  Join us for this TED style session to explore consumer awareness of such trade-offs against the backdrop of who benefits from our current data economy.

Featured speaker | Dr. Alessandro Acquisti, is the Director of the Privacy Economics Experiments (PeeX) Lab and a Professor of Information Technology and Public Policy at the Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University. His varied accomplishments span being an Andrew Carnegie Fellow, a member of the Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine, a recipient of the PET Award for Outstanding Research in Privacy Enhancing Technologies, and having his TEDGlobal talk, What will a future without secrets look like? viewed 1.4 million times in 27 languages. 

Guest moderator | Dr. Kirsten Martin, is the Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Strategic Management & Public Policy at George Washington University. She is the Research and Business Ethics editor for the Journal of Business Ethics, a member of the Future of Privacy Forum’s Advisory Board and the Census Bureau’s National Advisory Committee, and a fellow at the Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics. Her varied accomplishments also include the TEDx talk, Why companies should respect our privacy, being elected to the Society for Business Ethics (SBE) Board of Directors, and multiple NSF awards at the cross-section of privacy, technology, and ethics. 

Data Privacy in Smart Columbus

October 10, 2019

This event kicks off the 2019-2020 Program on Data and Governance’s Data Points Lecture Series, sponsored by Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP.

Data Privacy in Smart Columbus

Thursday, October 10, 2019 | 12:00-1:00 (Lunch provided)
Barrister Club
25 West 11th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43201

Parking is available at on-street meters, the Ohio Union South Garage, or Gateway Garage. This event is eligible for attendees to self-submit for 1 hour of IAPP CPE credit.

Registration for this event is full. Event audio will be recorded and shared post-event.

About the Event

For multiple years, local privacy leaders have worked through the Smart Columbus Data Privacy Working Group to develop the Data Privacy Plan (DPP). This document will govern pilot projects for Smart Columbus’ and the Operating System data portal that enables Smart Columbus project data access and downloads.

This session will provide an overview of the DPP drafting process, introduce attendees to the DPP shared with USDOT, and provide Q&A with working group members and the Smart Columbus technical contractor lead.

Featuring: Smart Columbus Data Privacy Working Group members

  • Kirk Herath, VP Associate General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer, Nationwide Insurance
  • Dennis Hirsch, Director, Moritz School of Law Program on Data and Governance
  • Sherry Kish, Manager Business Development, HNTB Corporation
  • Mehmet Munur, Attorney, Tsibouris & Associates
  • Dorene Stupski, Sr. Director – GIS Data Security & Privacy, Marriott International, Inc.