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Barnard CSC x Cyber Collective on the Ethical Use of Public Data

Mar 10 at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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While we celebrate public data and its use for good, we also acknowledge that some use cases of public data can have harmful, unintended consequences. For example, someone can socially engineer, reverse engineer, or develop narratives about neighborhoods or communities that create inferences around sets of data that aren’t accurate or representative. The goal of this panel and workshop is to arm attendees with sets of questions and knowledge to ask themselves when working with public data sets.  As part of NYC Open Data Week, this event brings together members from the Barnard College Computational Science Center (CSC) and Cyber Collective to think through the ethics of using public data. We will begin with a panel discussion dedicated to understanding: 1) language and how data are categorized and described and 2) using deductive reasoning to identify unintended consequences when using publicly available data. The second half of the session will be dedicated to guiding participants through a dataset on NYC Open Data and co-creating a set of questions rooted in principles of racial justice and ethics, which people can ask themselves when sifting through public data.


Mar 10
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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