Graduate Data Network — The Ethics of Data Integration

The APS Graduate Data Network would like to invite you to a panel discussion featuring experts from the public and private sector who will offer insights into the ethics of data integration

With the global value of data surpassing that of oil back in early 2017, data integration now gives us the ability to combine data from different sources in order to create bigger pictures of places, businesses, and (perhaps more contentiously) people. So how is data integration being used in the public sector? What are the plans for the future? And, importantly, what are the ethical and legal concerns involved in integrating, sharing, and using these data? 

Panel Members

Phillip Gould, Assistant Secretary at the Office of the National Data Commissioner, who is working on the new government data sharing and release legislation. Phillip has a PhD in econometrics and worked with the ABS for seven years in the fields of methodology and data integration.

Maria Milosavljevic, the inaugural Chief Data Officer at the Department of Human Services. She is responsible for defining and implementing data and analytics strategy, including appropriate data management, use, and innovation, as well as creating the right environment and collaborative arrangements to support this. She is also an Honorary Porfessor at the Australian National University (ANU) and chair of the Australian Computer Society (ACS) Cyber Security Committee.

Justin Davidson, an AGS lawyer who has appeared in significant decisions concerning the operation and application of the F.O.I. Act, the Privacy Act, the Archives Act, and various public-interest immunity issues. Justin is interested in the relevance and application of concepts like identity, consent, and ownership in the context of big data held by government agencies.

Sarah Hinde, the director of Mental Health Research and Data Section in the Mental Health Division at the Department of Health. Sarah manages the use of a range of national mental-health data sources, including the mental-health component of Intergenerational Health and Mental Health Study, mental-health-service planning framework, and measurement of mental-health outcomes.

Seth Lazar, the head of the School of Philosophy at the Australian National University (ANU). Author of one monograph with Oxford University Press (Sparing Civilisations, 2015), he has another under contract on Duty under Doubt. He has published papers on risk, war, and moral decision theory in the world’s leading philosophical journals. He writes topics in political philosophy and normative and applied ethics and is currently involved in a research project focusing on Humanising Machine Intelligence.

Entry is free.


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Tue Sep 10
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Smith's Alternative

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