Nonconformist Innovation Summit to explore privacy and digital identity, NIST to discuss bias in AI

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Nonconformist Innovation Summit to explore privacy and digital identity, NIST to discuss bias in AI

Industry stakeholders prioritizing privacy and data protection in digital identity will soon convene for the inaugural Nonconformist Innovation Summit (NIS), at which they will discuss the regulatory and privacy implications of COVID-19 contact tracing and exposure notification apps.

The event includes a keynote speech by Privacy-by-Design pioneer and Executive Director of the Global Privacy & Security by Design Centre Dr. Ann Cavoukian, and presentations from experts, business leaders, investor and strategists including Sentinel Co-founder and former PwC Managing Director Aaron Weller, Michelle Dennedy, and speakers representing Starbucks, Sovrin Foundation and Evernym.

“There is presently such a push for tracking and surveillance in pursuit of public health, that it must be held firmly in its tracks — it cannot come at the expense of privacy — never! We must reject zero-sum, either/or models, in favour of positive-sum, win/win models that result in multiple positive gains!” comments Cavoukian.

Identity industry veteran and Nonconformist Innovation Podcast host Steve Tout developed the event to meet demand for exploration of the podcasts’ topics in a bigger format.

“We are reminded daily how the world around us is in chaos despite living in modern civilization with the most advanced technologies in history that the planet has ever seen,” says Tout. “Yet we still have devastating data breaches and a growing privacy deficit that threatens our democracy and personal freedoms.”

Privacy by design, GDPR and CCPA represent positive first steps towards providing people with privacy enhancing technologies and safer online experiences, according to the announcement. Most organizations continue to struggle to implement proper safeguards, and leverage the emerging technologies that could enable them to meet compliance and business objectives with the introduction of a privacy management layer. Weller’s keynote will address how taking a broader view of privacy can help organizations with these challenges.

The free digital event will be held July 2, 2020 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm PST, with registration open until the conclusion.

NIST workshop on bias

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced it will hold a “Bias in AI Workshop” as a virtual meeting on August 18.

Experts from the public and private sector will come together for a series of collaborative discussions with the goal of reaching a common understanding of what bias in artificial intelligence entails and how it should be defined. NIST’s efforts on AI, including the development of standards and recommendations for making trustworthy AI, will draw on the conversations.

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