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Big Conflicts: the ethics and economics of privacy in a world of Big Data

Date & Time:
17:00:00 - 18:30:00,
Friday 27 February, 2015


Earlier this month, the Nuffield Bioethics Council published a report into what happens to medical ethics in a world of cloud-based medical records and pervasive genomics. A dozen of us worked on this for over a year; we learned a lot, as the tussles between patient safety and privacy, professional autonomy, medical exceptionalism, political manoevering and sheer commercial greed are as complex and hard fought as anywhere in technology policy. In this talk I will not only sketch what we found, and recommended, but try to draw the broader lessons. Will weak privacy regulation help control healthcare costs, as the government appears to believe, or make health cost inflation worse? Will the same apply to financial privacy? And are there any useful parallels with the kinds of surveillance carried out by police forces and national intelligence agencies? This lecture will be followed by a short drinks reception.

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  • Name: Professor Ross Anderson
  • Affiliation: University of Cambridge
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  • Bio: Ross Anderson is Professor of Security Engineering at Cambridge. He made pioneering contributions to peer-to-peer systems, cryptoprotocol and API analysis, hardware tamper-resistance, and the economics of security. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Physics and the IET.