The Big Brother You Want: The Changing Paradigm of Data & Privacy

Monday, November 7, 2016 - 3:05 pm

Our daily interactions are increasingly affected by data that is being collected about us—data that paints a picture of what we like to eat, what music we listen to, where we've traveled, and so on. This data is available to both corporations and the government, and covers more and more aspects of our lives—but this doesn't seem to bother us too much. After all, people seem to be saying, who doesn't want their data to prevent terror attacks or help them purchase their favorite items at targeted discounts? In this talk we will explore this changing attitude towards data and privacy, and discuss what this new attitude means for the data science field. 

Co-Founder
Alpine Data

Steven Hillion has been leading large engineering and analytics projects for fifteen years. Before joining Alpine Data, he founded the analytics group at Greenplum, leading a team of data scientists and also designing and developing new open-source and enterprise analytics software. Before that, he was Vice President of Engineering at M-Factor, Inc. (acquired by DemandTec) where he built analytical applications that became a global standard for demand modeling. Earlier, at Kana Communications, Steven led the engineering group during the two largest releases of its flagship product. At Scopus Technology (later Siebel Systems) he co-founded development groups for finance, telecom and other verticals. He received his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley, and was a King Charles I Scholar at Oxford University.