Data & Ethics: In the Public Sector for the Public Good?

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Hemmerdinger Hall

100 Washington Square East

New York, NY 10003

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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.


11:45 - 12:00pm Registration and check in

12:15 - 12:30pm Introductions

12:30 - 1:15pm Lunch Keynote

  • danah boyd, Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and founder of Data & Society

1:30 - 3:00pm Panel: Using and evaluating algorithms in the public sector

  • Cynthia Conti-Cook, Staff Attorney, Criminal Special Litigation Unit, New York City's Legal Aid Society

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

  • Dr. Frank Pasquale, Professor of Law, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

  • Dr. Anne Washington, Assistant Professor of Data Policy, NYU (moderator)

  • Andrew White, Deputy Commissioner, Division of Policy, Planning, and Measurement, NYC Administration for Children’s Services

3:30 - 5:00pm Panel: Ethical research design and data collection

  • Alex Chohlas-Wood, Deputy Director, Stanford Computational Policy Lab

  • Dr. Angela Hawken, Professor of Public Policy at the Marron Institute of Urban Management, NYU

  • Rose Kob, General Counsel, MDRC

  • Dr. Ravi Shroff, Assistant Professor of Applied Statistics, NYU (moderator)

  • Dr. Rebecca Maynard, University Trustee Professor of Education and Social Policy, Education Policy Division, University of Pennsylvania

5:00 - 5:30pm Reception

5:30 - 7:00pm Should data collected by public agencies be released to the public?

  • Dr. Jack Buckley, President and Chief Scientist, Imbellus

  • Dr. Jim Kemple, Executive Director of the Research Alliance for New York City Schools (moderator)

  • Dr. Jens Ludwig, Edwin A. and Betty L. Bergman Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago; Director, University of Chicago Crime Lab

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

  • Dr. Clarence Wardell III, Director, City Solutions, Results for America
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