IFA+ Summit to Address the New Power of Data
From 8 to 9 September 2019 the risks and opportunities presented by data use will be discussed by internationally renowned experts at the IFA+ Summit, the IFA’s think tank. The selected speakers have acquired their experience in positions such as advisor to the White House and to NATO, or as consultants with many leading businesses such as Amazon and Microsoft, and will be providing a well-founded overview of the ‘brave new world’ of dataism.
Parham Eftekhari is a co-founder of the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology, a think tank that provides advice on cyber security matters to organizations such as NATO and the World Bank and to the U.S. Congress. In 2017 the U.S. Government presented Parham Eftekhari with its Information Security Leadership Award as Most Valuable Industry Partner. In his publications Eftekhari addresses the issues surrounding the many and varied uses of data and its release.
Shermin Voshmgir is regarded as one of the pioneers of the blockchain. She is the director of the Research Institute for Crypto Economics at the Vienna University of Economics, and the founder of BlockchainHub. With her think tank she engages in interdisciplinary communication and discussions about current developments in blockchain: “Bitcoin is like email was in the 1990s”. In her publications and talks Voshmgir illustrates the potential opportunities and risks to society from advances in this concept: “Provided that we use it intelligently, blockchain certainly has the potential for resolving many of the problems confronting us today. However, blockchain also has the potential to be a universal control machine.”
As a consultant to Facebook, Dipayan Ghosh developed the corporate strategy for dealing with private users’ data in an improved and more effective way. As a result, in 2016 he was listed in the ‘30 under 30’ by Forbes Magazine, in the category Privacy and Law. Prior to working for Facebook, Ghosh served as an advisor on technology policy issues to the White House during the Obama administration, and also analyzed the impact of big data on consumer privacy. He is now at Harvard Kennedy School. His presentation will focus on his current research topic: artificial intelligence.