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Workshop: Ethics of Biomedical Big Data

With Professor Luciano Floridi, and Professor Brent Mittelstadt
Recorded:
27 Apr 2015
Speakers:
With Professor Luciano Floridi, and Professor Brent Mittelstadt
Filming venue:

Oxford Internet Institute, 1 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3JS United Kingdom

This workshop brought together expertise from academia, medicine and industry to address emerging challenges in the field, and the requirements for a European framework for ethical usage of biomedical Big Data. In biomedical research, the analysis of large datasets (Big Data) has become a major driver of innovation and success. Epidemiology, public health and infectious diseases research, biobanks, genomic and microbiome sequencing are already deeply affected by Biomedical Big Data, alongside emerging forms of commercial collection and self-curation of medical data (e.g. health ‘apps’, online health records, wearable computing). However, the collection, storage and analysis of this data potentially raises serious ethical problems, which may threaten the huge opportunities it offers. Recent movement from the NHS to further share patient data (care.data) and related data sharing throughout Europe make addressing these problems in the near term very pressing.

To address these and similar questions the Oxford Internet Institute hosted a workshop on April 27, 2015 as part of the ‘Ethics of Biomedical Big Data‘ project. The workshop brought together expertise from academia, medicine and industry to address emerging challenges in the field, and the requirements for a European framework for ethical usage of biomedical Big Data. The workshop aimed to address questions such as:

  • What are the unique ethical challenges of biomedical Big Data?
  • What does the ethical landscape look like beyond issues of informed consent and privacy?
  • How should collection, sharing and re-uses of biomedical Big Data be regulated?
  • Which existing and prospective Big Data practices are particularly problematic or require further analysis/regulation?
  • How can we develop an ethically sound framework for using Big Data in biomedical research as well as commercial applications at a European level?
  • What lessons can be learnt from previous or different experiences in applied ethics that could help in dealing with the new challenges posed by Big Data in biomedical research?

Although a closed workshop, a video recording of the workshop will be published via the Institute’s website. Proceedings will be published in an edited volume entitled ‘The Ethics of Biomedical Big Data’ in Springer’s Law, Governance and Technology book series. Selected papers from the workshop will be included alongside submissions from an open call for chapters.

You can watch the other two parts of this series:

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