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#4-05 - Data Minimization, Privacy, and Responsible Computing - ft. Dr. Asia Biega

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Today, Bea talks to Dr. Asia Biega, a computer scientist and group leader of the Responsible Computing group at the Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy. Her research focuses on responsible computing principles for information access and social computing systems (including search, recommendation, assistive typing, sharing economy, crowdsourcing or social media systems).

Bea and Asia discuss about ethical issues when it comes to data collection, data protection laws, design of ethical algorithm, and the challenges in digital well-being. Asia explains what GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is, the importance of interdisciplinary work to achieve responsible computing, why we are collecting much more data than we actually need. Asia also explains how companies collect our data, what transparency techniques are there, and what we can do to protect us from sharing data without knowing it. Asia also gives perspectives about her experience working at Google and Microsoft teams compared to academia.

To find out more information about Dr. Asia Biega, check out here:

Asia’s Twitter: @asia_biega

Asia’s mastodon: @[email protected]

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