Democratizing Data: What You Need to Know as a Developer to Keep Your Data Collection and Usage Ethical

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Accepted Session
Short Form
Intermediate
Scheduled: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 from 4:45 – 5:30pm

Excerpt

By 2020 each person will create 1.7 MB of new data per second flooding us in 44 trillion GB of data! What’s this mean? From Uber’s “ride of shame” scandal to the role of Facebook’s news recommender in the presidential election we as developers must ask how we use data and what the implications are for open source software.

Description

By 2020 each person will create 1.7 MB of new data per second flooding us in 44 trillion GB of data! What’s this mean? From Uber’s 2014 mapping the “ride of shame” scandal to the role of Facebook’s new recommendation feature in the 2016 US Presidential Election we as developers must ask how we use data and what the implications are.

As developers we decide what data is collected, how long it’s kept, who has access to it, and how it’s used. In this talk, we’ll review some of the surprising ways data has been used and what the fallout of that use has been. Ultimately we’ll consider how we can make small adjustments to our data collection cycle to better inform open source users about the data we track and how we use that data in designing our applications.

Tags

data ethics, data collection, data, security, privacy

Speaking experience

I've spoken at a few conferences ranging from PyOhio 2015 to EuroPython 2016. This talk is a new talk for me and is greatly born from my history as a political scientist and political activist turned coder.

Examples of talks include:

EuroPython 2016 - https://ep2016.europython.eu/conference/talks/is-that-spam-in-my-ham
Video: http://pyvideo.org/europython-2016/is-that-spam-in-my-ham.html

Windy City Internet of Things 2016 - https://windycitythings.com/videos/2016/#lorena-mesa

I have also recently been interviewed for a few podcasts including:

Gregg Pollack's Open Source Craft March 2017 - codepop.com/open-sourcecraft/episodes/lorena-mesa/

Talk Python to Me - Getting Your First Job as a Python Dev Dec 2015 - https://talkpython.fm/episodes/show/41/getting-your-first-dev-job-as-a-python-developer-part-2

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