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Several of my colleagues and I attended the conference Collision with complimentary Women in Technology tickets. Overall, Collision was an exploratory combination of talks, panels, and workshops from data ethics, startup pitch sessions, aging as a disease, and of course design.
To hear and see so many professionals discussing the ethics of data in the U.S. and the current policies reassured me. I was specifically struck by my first talk at the conference, Technology Populism, by Julio Avalos and moderator Steven Rosenbush. They summarized the current paradigm shift of the usage of personal identifiable information (PII) in the U.S. and its influences on the private and public sectors. Avalos emphasized how the public sector can’t keep up with the pace of the private, and the private sector is responsible for their own real estate.
Expect to see this gap filled and a bridge built by some kind of third-party specialist, maybe a consultant? The panel also discussed the companies monopolizing the internet, which leaves few alternatives for users to vote with their feet. Another topic was the EU’s GDPR, “The right to be forgotten.” As dialogue increases we will see more awareness—and in return, more solutions. In the meantime, there are several browsers to help protect your digital footprint, such as Mozilla and DuckDuckGo. Avalos suggested, and I agree, that in the future, this will hopefully evolve to a digital wallet and the use of the blockchain to provide transparency and validation.
Collision was quite the spectacle, and I highly encourage you to go!