Katitza Rodriguez, EFF's international rights director and Steering Committee Member of the Civil Society Information Society Advisory Council (CSISAC) -- a coalition of 80+ civil society groups that contribute constructively to the policy work of the OECD Committee for Information, Computer and Communications Policy (ICCP) -- will be attending the OECD Technology Foresight Forum. Titled "Harnessing Data as New Source of Growth: Big Data Analytics and Policies," the event will be held at the OECD Headquarters in Paris, France on Oct. 22, 2012.
The objective of Technology Foresight Forums is to help identify opportunities and challenges for the Internet economy posed by technical developments. The 2012 Technology Foresight Forum will focus on the potential of big data analytics as a new source of growth, which could help generate significant economic and social benefits. It will put data analytics in the context of emerging trends discussed at the last three Foresight Forums, namely mobile communications (2011), smart ICTs (2010), and cloud computing (2009), to highlight the confluence of trends leading towards a data-driven economy. The 2012 Foresight Forum will in particular highlight the socio-economic issues caused by data analytics that may put at risk fundamental values and warrant a review of current policy frameworks, most prominently those aimed at ensuring the protection of privacy, and others.