But I am reaching out to this community because I am starting to wonder if there should be closer ties between legal / policy experts, and digital techsperts?
My company holds an annual conference in Banff each year to explore new ideas and dazzle attendees with the digital technologies coming down the pike (such as data analytics, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, etc).
At last year's event, two high-profile data scientists were sharing some exciting new insights they were able to glean by analyzing the travel patterns of school buses in a given city. (I believe they were able to get weather predictions based on the stopping patterns of school buses). One member of the audience asked if they had given any thought to the implications of studying (and publicly sharing) the movement of specific children in a specific city, and both of the speakers froze. "We have compliance officers who deal with that," they said.
As new internet tracking tools and network-connected devices come online, giving the tech teams who build them total access to the thoughts, interests and daily activities of millions of people, one begins to wonder if they should become more familiar with laws and ethics governing privacy and security?
I'm curious to know what your opinions are on some of the new tracking technologies, and what cautions / advice you would give to the techies plowing into these developments. I'll be sharing one or two examples of upcoming tech issues in the weeks to come, and would be happy to hear your thoughts on what the legal implications are!
(Our conference this year will also be entirely focusing on "using technology responsibly". You can find out more about what we're covering here.)