Wide Data Nets: The Dilemma of Catch & Release

Feb 08 2017
By B. Rose Kelly & Bonelys Rosado
Source Woodrow Wilson School

The digital revolution is generating massive amounts of information. And while big data certainly benefits researchers and consumers, it also poses significant privacy concerns.

In this WooCast episode, Tim Lee of Vox interviews Princeton professors Prateek Mittal and Matt Salganik about the benefits, risks and concerns related to big data.

This episode is part of a series featuring moderators and panelists who will participate in the Princeton-Fung Global Forum: “Society 3.0+: Can Liberty Survive the Digital Age?” The conference, to be held March 20-21 in Berlin, is being organized by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Timothy B. Lee is a senior correspondent at Vox.com, where he covers technology and economics. He previously covered technology policy for The Washington Post and Ars Technica. He holds a master's degree in computer science from Princeton. Follow him on Twitter: @binarybits

Prateek Mittal is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at Princeton University, where he is also affiliated with the Center for Information Technology Policy. His research aims to build secure and privacy-preserving communication systems. His research interests include the domains of privacy enhancing technologies, trustworthy social systems and internet/network security. His work has influenced the design of several widely used anonymity systems.

Matthew Salganik is professor of sociology at Princeton University, and he is affiliated with several of Princeton's interdisciplinary research centers including the Office for Population Research, the Center for Information Technology Policy, the Center for Health and Wellbeing and the Center for Statistics and Machine Learning. His research interests include social networks and computational social science. He is the author of the forthcoming book "Bit by Bit: Social Research in the Digital Age."