The Law and Economics of Data

Tags: Technology Policy

In the modern economy, data has replaced oil, according to The Economist, as the world’s most valuable resource. For policymakers, the challenge of how to regulate data is emerging as an increasingly significant issue.

In the case of antitrust law, for example, enforcers are asking how to evaluate the significance of access to data. In particular, enforcers are considering whether a company can have market power in customer data and, if so, what are the implications?

In the sphere of privacy and cybersecurity, policymakers are asking what expectations should we have about how companies collect, safeguard, and use data? Should it matter what types of personal information is at issue—say, shopping patterns versus health care histories?  One form of this discussion is around whether there should be a Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights.

Finally, in the content industry, data increasingly determines which advertisements individuals see, what content is recommended—and whether that content is tied to the monitoring of its consumption—and even decisions surrounding what content is produced. Is this trend enabling more creativity or undermining it? Will it make content more valuable and provide an economic boost to newspapers and music?

To explore these issues, and analyze the legal, technological, and business implications of increased collection and analysis of data, this conference will pull together leaders in government, industry, and academia.


11/14/18 1:00pm - 1:15pm

11/14/18 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Privacy and Cybersecurity
  • Margot Kaminski — Moderator
    Associate Professor, University of Colorado Law School; Privacy Initiative Director, Silicon Flatirons
  • Daniel Massey — Panelist
    Associate Director for Networking and Cybersecurity, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Andrea M. Matwyshyn — Panelist
    Professor of Law, Northeastern University School of Law; Co-director, Center for Law, Innovation and Creativity
  • Rob Sherman — Panelist
    Deputy Chief Privacy Officer, Facebook
  • Omer Tene — Panelist
    Vice President, Chief Knowledge Officer, International Association of Privacy Professionals
11/14/18 2:15pm - 2:30pm

11/14/18 2:30pm - 3:30pm
11/14/18 3:30pm - 3:45pm

11/14/18 3:45pm - 4:45pm
  • Phil Weiser — Moderator
    Hatfield Professor of Law, University of Colorado Law School; Executive Director and Founder, Silicon Flatirons
  • Matt Bond — Panelist
    Chairman, Content Distribution, NBCUniversal, Comcast
  • Jim Packer — Panelist
    President, Worldwide TV and Digital Distribution, Lionsgate
  • Pamela Samuelson — Panelist
    Richard M. Sherman Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California Berkeley; Director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology
11/14/18 4:45pm - 5:45pm

Please note: Per university alcohol policy, only registered guests will be admitted to the reception.

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