It’s shaping up to be a big data weekend, for those of us who try to find some interesting weekend reading away from the crush of the day-to-day schedule.  If you’re thinking about Monday’s FTC workshop on the impact of big-data analytics on vulnerable communities, a bit of weekend reading about the intersection between technology and justice might be just what you need:

  • The brilliant Peter Swire, of the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Future of Privacy Forum, has just released a white paper in advance of his participation in the workshop entitled Lessons from Fair Lending Law for Fair Marketing and Big Data.  Peter’s analysis, as always, is right on target — as we think about fairness in the big-data sphere, what better place to start than the fair-lending laws that have tried to meet this challenge for decades?
  • If you’re looking for a more global approach, you might like Commissioner Julie Brill’s paper from a talk she gave yesterday in Vienna:  Privacy in the Age of Omniscience.  In addition to quoting the always interesting Dave Eggers (“all that happens will be known”), the short paper covers a surprising amount of territory — including rebranding the “right to be forgotten” as a right of relevancy or obscurity.  Commissioner Brill, too, will be at the FTC on Monday to discuss big data.
  • If you’re shopping for some new wearable technology this weekend, you might be thinking about the Internet of Things.  (Well, it could happen.)  Adam Thierer of George Mason University has just released a comprehensive framework for thinking about how to deal with privacy on interconnected devices called The Internet of Things & Wearable Technology: Addressing Privacy & Security Concerns Without Derailing Innovation.  No one-size-fits all solutions here, to Adam’s credit — common sense and a recognition that a variety of options ought to be considered.

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