Workshop on the Ethics of Re-identification

What are the benefits and harms and practices to follow when putting names to people in data?

May 10, 2013

Harvard University, 1730 Cambridge St, Room 020, Cambridge, MA (map)

Topics to Workshop

  1. Protecting individuals whose data are re-identified.
  2. Interplay with data sharing.
  3. Making re-identification results public and scientific publication.
  4. Publication and reproducibility of re-identification results and scientific value.
  5. Are re-identified results now confidential?
  6. Direct contact with re-identified subjects.
  7. Legal maneuvers.
  8. Validity and scoring methods.

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Continental Breakfast 8am

Welcome (10 min) 8:15am
Latanya Sweeney and Julia Brody

Meet and Greet (60 min) 8:30-9:30am
Invited guests introduce themselves and their interest or expertise in the topic.

Re-identification (30 min) 9:30-10:00am

  • Introduction to mechanics and basic issues
  • Examples
  • General discussion (5 minutes)

Brainstorming Sessions: (120 minutes) 10:00-12:00pm
See list of 8 discussion topics above.

Lunch: 12:00-12:30pm
Informal discussions.

Perspectives on Re-identification Practices (110 minutes) 12:40-2:20pm
Reflections focusing on various professional perspectives on the issues and topics as a whole.

  • Ethical
  • Legal/Regulatory
  • Stakeholder, Data holder, Participant
  • Computational, Statistical

Closing Remarks

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