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Five moments you won't want to miss at Data Summit 2017



What are the big digital privacy and trust challenges of the next decade?

Thought-leaders from the data world will gather in Dublin this Thursday and Friday, June 15th and 16th for Data Summit 2017, a pioneering international conference aiming to stimulate a far-reaching and inclusive conversation on the expanding role of data in today’s society.

What does the ‘data society’ mean for you and your business? Is your business ready for the new EU law on Data Protection? How do you manage and protect your personal data in the online world? What are the positive innovation and societal benefits of the good use of data for citizens and business? Our increasingly connected and digitized world continues to generate wide-ranging social, technical and ethical issues and questions.


An initiative of the Department of the Taoiseach and the Government Data Forum, Data Summit 2017 will include discussions ranging from the future of privacy and trust to an exploration of how we can realize the potential of data to deliver societal good.

Here are the top five moments you won’t want to miss at the Data Summit:

1. Privacy v security – Which is most important?

48% of individuals would place security above privacy with just 29% saying their privacy is most important, according to a recent survey carried out by I Reach Insights for the Data Summit.

But how much privacy are we prepared to give up in order to feel safe? While the privacy of citizens is something we guard closely as a society, it's important to weight up how much we value that versus security.

Modern lives involve the use of data every day in our personal and professional lives. Smartphones link to a world of apps that make life run smoother. The data that is generated is often cited internationally as an important way of counteracting the threats we face in society.

‘Data Protection and other Fundamental Rights – Getting the Balance Right’ is the theme on Day 1 of the Data Summit. Panellists providing insights will include Helen Dixon, Irish Data Protection Commissioner; Stewart A. Baker, Partner, Steptoe and Johnson; John Frank, Vice President, EU Government Affairs, Microsoft and Prof Joe Cannataci, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Privacy.

2. What are the emerging privacy challenges of the next decade?

In what promises to be an unmissable panel discussion, privacy professionals from Facebook, Google, Accenture and IBM will gather on Day 2 of Data Summit 2017 to ask ‘What are the emerging privacy challenges of the next decade?’

The privacy challenges facing Ireland, Europe and the world in years to come will be examined and discussed. With the I Reach survey finding that almost half (48% of individuals) still do not even read the terms and conditions of data use before signing an agreement, managing privacy both personally and professionally continues to be hugely relevant and the latest and emerging privacy issues globally will be discussed.

3. Artificial Intelligence – Are you ready?

Are you ready for Artificial Intelligence? It’s already here and the Data Summit will tackle the subject in a unique way by connecting the discussion to data. There’ll be a keynote on ‘Artificial Intelligence and its impact on society’ by Chris White, Principal Researcher from Microsoft.

What are the challenges and the opportunities that lie down the road for us as AI technology becomes more advanced and common place? This will then be discussed by high-profile speakers including Geff Brown, Associate General Counsel, Microsoft; Bryson Koehler, Chief Technology Officer, IBM Watson; Catherine Watson, UK Accenture Strategy Team; and Prof. Barry O’Sullivan Director at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics.

4. So you think you’re prepared for GDPR?

According to research released in advance of Data Summit, a majority of Irish businesses polled are still unaware of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which is due to come into effect from the 25th May 2018. 47% of respondents to the survey are unsure where the data protection responsibilities lie within their respective companies and 62% are either unsure how long their business stores CCTV footage or have no related privacy policy in place.

A number of workshops will be delivered over the two days to help prepare for GDPR readiness.  These will be provided by the Data Protection Commissioner's Office; the Department of Justice and Equality; the International Association of Privacy Professionals and the Centre for Information Policy Leadership, all with the specific aim of increasing awareness of the consequences of GDPR for individuals and organisations.

5. Can better data drive better social outcomes?

Silver bullet or lead shot? Can better data drive better social outcomes? Businesses have a head-start in using data to shape their offering, but social enterprises and not-for-profits are fast catching up. Through analysing data, organisations that wish to bring about social change can become more effective and this will be examined at Data Summit 2017.

Speakers that will share their experience and discuss the issues around the societal impact of data, will include Emmanuel Letouzé, Director and co-founder, Data-Pop Alliance; Tris Lumley, Director of Innovation & Development, New Philanthropy Capital; Seán Moynihan, Chief Executive, ALONE; Aoibheann O’Brien, Co-founder, FoodCloud; Marianne Checkley, CEO, iScoil; Aoife Corcoran, COO and co-founder, Space Engagers and Deirdre Mortell, CEO, Social Innovation Fund.

From eHealth to Cyber Security in the 21st Century; from leveraging data to build a business; from self-driving vehicles to Cloud Computing, Data Summit 2017 is set to spark key discussions that will resonate and pinpoint the role of data in society right now.

Organised by the Department of the Taoiseach and the Government Data Forum, the Data Summit Dublin 2017 takes place on June 15th and 16th in the Convention Centre, Dublin. For more information, click here.


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