Companies, governments and humanitarian entities are capturing, storing and sharing an ever increasing volume of identity data, much of it pertaining to “third party” individuals who may never interact directly with the databases where their data is stored. While many countries have enacted legislation to establish baseline safety protocols for protecting personal data, and online privacy and security standards like GDPR are becoming more ubiquitous, the reality is that protecting data about people remains a challenging and underappreciated area of risk for most organizations, particularly when those individuals have no awareness or agency over their data. This talk by Timothy Quinn, founder of the Dark Data Project (darkdataproject.org), discusses the design, storage, management and safe sharing of “non-user” data as part of a greater “non-user experience (N/UX)”, with a particular focus on the challenges of protecting the identities of vulnerable populations.
About the speakers
Timothy Quinn is the founder of the Dark Data Project (darkdataproject.org), a Canadian NGO which helps companies, governments and nonprofits surmount challenging data barriers, focusing primarily on uncollected, obfuscated or otherwise problematic datasets. He has worked with myriad humanitarian organizations around the world, including the United Nations (OHCHR), the Council of Europe, and Canada’s department of Global Affairs, on a broad range of issues, including homelessness and joblessness, biodiversity, representation for Indigenous and rural populations, land and water rights, opportunities for small business, and long-term economic and environmental sustainability. He has taught at both New York University and the City University of New York.