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The Beyond Data Debate

March 17 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Every second of every day huge amounts of data, on everything from people’s holiday choices to how much we can borrow, is obtained, stored and processed. But how do organisations use the data they capture and is the use always ethical?

The aim of the event at West Lothian College is to have input from a variety of organisations and speakers followed by a debate on an important ‘data question.’

Throughout the day, we anticipate several opportunities to attend a debate on a data topic of interest. These include:

  1. Ethical implications of government and private companies’ use of big data1.
  2. Big data and privacy.
  3. Do we really know what artificial intelligence is and what it is used for? Facial recognition demonstration and short presentation on the use of facial recognition data.
  4. Can crimes, and those likely to be responsible, be ethically predicted?
  5. Is big data spreading inequality? Does it, at times, favour men over women?
  6. Can big data improve lives globally?
  7. How important is it to consider local context, culture and digital practices when designing systems for analysing big data?
  8. What are the challenges when governments and organisations exchange data?
  9. What effect can political turmoil or conflict have on data integrity and the protection of citizens? What is Fake News?

Each debate will last around 90 minutes and will begin with a presentation to ‘set the scene’ of the topic in question. Item 3 will also include a practical demonstration. Presenters will include external speakers and organisations as well as College staff.


March 17
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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