Civic technology and data privacy are interrelated, and even before COVID-19 hit, issues of trust, tech, data, and privacy were already topics of conversation. COVID-19 has caused us to rely more heavily on our use of the public realm, with municipalities widening pedestrian and bike paths, approving outdoor dining spaces, and doubling down on parks support. The fight for racial justice has simultaneously made us more aware of how these interventions–particularly when technology is deployed in these spaces–might produce or reproduce inequity. At a time when trust in government and trust in for-profit companies may be questioned more than before, it is even more important to continue these conversations. Our panelists have not only been part of these conversations, but they also offer practical solutions toward building trust where technology, data, and the public realm intersect. This panel is sponsored by a Future of Privacy Forum grant from the National Science Foundation, in partnership with MetroLab.
NATALIE EVANS HARRISCo-Founder & Head of Strategic Initiatives
BRIAN HOFERExecutive Director
City of Oakland's Privacy Advisory Commission
Future of Privacy Forum