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On May 29th, please join NYU CUSP Associate Professor Daniel Neill, Assistant Professor Ravi Shroff, Affiliated Faculty Professor Beth Simone Noveck, and Class of 2014 Alum Alex Chohlas-Wood at the Data & Ethics: In the Public Sector for the Public Good Conference!

Wednesday May 29th, 2019
12:00pm to 7:00pm

Hemmerdinger Hall
100 Washington Square East
New York, NY 10003

When designing experiments, how should researchers ensure that organizations and individuals are treated fairly and respectfully while maintaining fidelity to the study’s goals? During data collection, how should researchers ensure protection of identifiable information and minimize intrusiveness? As they build algorithms with “big data,” how can researchers minimize the risk of demographic or cultural bias? As public agencies use larger and more detailed data systems to capture information about the use and impact of public resources, what are the ethical parameters that should guide the conditions under which these data are made available to researchers?

Co-Sponsored by the Institute of Human Development and Social Change(IHDSC), the Institute of Education Sciences-funded Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training program (IES-PIRT)the Center for Practice and Research at the Intersection of Information, Society, and Methodology (PRIISM) and the Research Alliance for New York City Schools, this research-policy-practice conference will explore these critical ethical questions and data challenges as they relate to education, criminal justice, and interdisciplinary research.

The conference includes a keynote address by danah boyd, founder of Data & Society and Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, and two panel discussions featuring leading academics, practitioners and policymakers.

Key events include:

1:30 – 3:00pm Panel: Using and Evaluating Algorithms in the Public Sector

  • Dr. Daniel Neill, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Public Service, NYU; Director, Machine Learning for Good Lab (Panelist)

3:30 – 5:00pm Panel: Ethical Research Design and Data Collection

  • Dr. Ravi Shroff, Assistant Professor of Applied Statistics, NYU (Moderator)
  • Alex Chohlas-Wood, Class of 2014 Alum, Deputy Director, Stanford Computational Policy Lab (Panelist)

5:30 – 7:00pm Debate: Should Data Collected by Public Agencies be Released to the Public?

  • Dr. Beth Noveck, Chief Innovation Officer, the State of New Jersey; Director, The Governance Lab (Panelist)