IGF 2018 WS #34 The Ethics & Privacy Challenges of Big Data

Organizer 1: Rui ZHONG, Internet Society of China
Organizer 2: Feng Guo, China Academy of Information and Communications Technology

Speaker 1: Ping Lang, Technical Community, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 2: Oscar Noe Avila, Private Sector, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Speaker 3: Peter Kimpian, Intergovernmental Organization, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 4: Liyun Han, Private Sector, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 5: Peter Taiwo Akinremi, Civil Society, African Group


Rui ZHONG, Division Director, Internet Society of China

Online Moderator

Ping WU, Assistant to Director, Internet Society of China


Rui ZHONG, Division Director, Internet Society of China


Panel - 90 Min


Each speaker represents specific stake-holder group that they could discuss the central topic from different angles and knowledge fields respectively, such as security law and policy setting, technical concerns, sociological study, data privacy and customer experience. The workshop will also let the speakers to raise questions to each other to deepen the discussion.


The speakers greatly reflect diversity from gender (2 women+3 men), to geography (Asia, Latin America, Africa, EU), stakehlolder group (civil society, academy, technical community, private sector, international organization) and policy perspectives (data law, privacy, marketing, culture, social ethics, security etc.).

Nowadays, with popularity of the Internet and various smart devices, all kinds of data have been generated and grown explosively that we are now into an era of big data. Modern intelligent technologies provide convenient means for data collection. When using the Internet or smart devices, the data generated through every move such as search, online shopping, browsing, featuring the personal preferences and needs of the user, may be recorded or be permanently stored in the cloud. These various types of data generated by individual behaviors, such as their ownership, right to inform, collect, preserve, use and privacy, might be easily misused. One of the ethical issues brought about by big data will be as the personal privacy. First of all, the data acquisition may be automatically collected that the collected objects are often unaware. Followed is by issue of choice. For example, some people have done something wrong. Big data will store it forever that they may never have the opportunity to resume their lives, as this permanent existing bad record. In addition, some results generated by big data may lead to certain unfairness, for example, the precision marketing for targeted customer may potentially ignore other non-targeted group. Then as for the issue of security, the leakage of data will cause injure for people, as many cases showed. Whether the age of big data needs to reconstruct its ethics to make it better protect personal privacy and security has been an increasingly hot issue facing today. How to cope with it requires each one of us to think about it carefully and work together. It not only relies solely on scientists, ethicists, or decision makers, but also closely cooperation with parties from multistake holders. Agenda: Opening remark by moderator (2 mins) Presentation by panelists (30-40 mins) Q&A Interaction or Discussion between panelists and audience (40-50 mins) Summary and Closing (1 min)

Over half of time will be allocated for interation and discussion among speakers, audience and online participants. Each panelist will firstly present very shortly of his/her points of view, and then the rest of time will be given for onsite/remote Q&A.

The workshop will address the ethics and privacy protection issues when using of big data technologies, especially refers to policy to keep neutrality of data application.

Online Participation

The workshop will be open for remote participation (including speakers and attendees). The remote moderator will post the live link through various online platforms, such as social media, website. Online attendees could interact with onsite speakers throngh the remote moderator.