Privacy Week 2022

Academic Surveillance and the Big Data Economy

Academic Surveillance and the Big Data Economy 
May 3rd, 2022
9:30 AM - 12:15 PM, Online


Surveillance of students, researchers, and their work is prevalent not only on social media, but also on other online platforms that are integral to academic success. Platforms like research databases gather data from users, often without making clear the purpose behind collecting this information or the practices in place to keep the data safe. This data creates a detailed record of research agendas and learning practices, which if used improperly has the potential to harm and police students, faculty, and other researchers. More immediately, some of these companies actively enact broader societal harm by accumulating vast stores of data and sharing them with entities such as ICE - entities that embody values in direct conflict with those of many researchers and students. This event will explore these issues - and some potential solutions - through a keynote talk and panel featuring CUNY Professor of Law Sarah Lamdan, and a discussion about UW research in this area with Chris Geeng. Review our online program and register today! This event is co-sponsored by the UW Open Scholarship Commons and Research Commons.


May 3rd, 9:30 am - 11:00 am: Keynote and Panel | Keynote recording

May 3rd, 11:15 am - 12:15 pm: "Like Lesbians Walking the Perimeter": Experiences of U.S. LGBTQ+ Folks With Online Security, Safety, and Privacy Advice

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Information for attendees.

View the Academic Surveillance & the Big Data Economy program here.


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