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Digital Privacy: a conversation about technology, commerce and personal boundaries

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Digital Privacy: a conversation about technology, commerce and personal boundaries

Time: May 17, 2012 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: Squire Sanders
Street: Hansen Rd. @ El Camino
City/Town: Palo Alto, CA
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Event Type: baia, panel, baia 2012
Organized By: BAIA
Latest Activity: May 20, 2012

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Event Description

leaders from Carnegie Mellon University, Glancee and FirstRain
 for an informal panel discussion about technology, commerce and personal boundaries.                

We can collect, store and manipulate data about individual behavior in extraordinary degrees.  We can customize the interaction around our purchases so fantastically that we don’t stop to think about what we are revealing.

Should we worry?

The people behind technology for facial recognition, location based socializing and enterprise customer intelligence talk with us about their tools and how society can navigate the privacy terrain.

This dynamic exchange will leave you better equipped to manage your digital priorities.


The Speakers:

  • Alessandro Acquisti, Associate Professor of Information Technology and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College.  Prof. Acquisti created an experimental smart phone application that is capable of snapping a photograph of a stranger's face, process it, compare it with online databases, and generate that individual's social security number (BBC coverage)

  • Andrea Vaccari, Cofounder and CEO of Glancee, a mobile app that makes it easy to meet people with common friends and similar interests.  Glancee was just acquired by Facebook.  Before Glancee, Mr. Vaccari worked at Google on Maps and at MIT and SFI to investigate people's lifestyles through their interaction with digital technologies.  His work has been exhibited at the NYC MoMA and the Design Museum in Barcelona, Spain.

  • David Cooke, Vice President-Analytics, FirstRain.  Using patented semantic categorization analytics, FirstRain delivers relevant customer and industry information to enterprises, helping them cut through Internet noise and clutter to strengthen their customer relationships.  Mr. Cooke has grown other high-performing global organizations as an executive with Cadence Design Systems, Market Speed, Sun Microsystems and Fairchild Semiconductor.

The Moderator:

  • Mary Trigiani, a consultant in marketing, branding and communications who helps Silicon Valley companies with their messages and stories, will guide the conversation.
Registration and Tickets
Limited capacity, advanced registration is highly recommended.

  • Regular: $20

  • At-the-door: $30

  • BAIA Supporting Members: Free

Light refreshments and drinks will be served.

Eventbrite - BAIA Event: A Conversation on the Economics of Privacy


Squire Sanders, an international law firm with 36 offices in 17 countries

Comment Wall

Comment by Giorgio Ghersi on May 20, 2012 at 10:41am

EVENT RECAP HERE (click for link)

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Comment by Mary Trigiani on May 18, 2012 at 2:56pm

Good grief.

Comment by Giorgio Ghersi on May 18, 2012 at 1:39pm

Facebook hit with $15 billion privacy suit on IPO day

...funny, no?
But -hey!- what happened to all concerns about Google?

Comment by Giorgio Ghersi on February 29, 2012 at 11:33am

Is anything hotter than this?

The Economist: Online privacy in America, Rights and Wrongs

Comment by Giorgio Ghersi on February 17, 2012 at 8:37am

This is what we'll be talking about:
today's Wall Street Journal: Google's iPhone Tracking, and
today's CNET News: Google tricked Apple's Safari in order to track users.


Come to this event, and hear from the forefront of the "Privacy fighters" what the deal is all about!


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