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Big Privacy: Transforming the "Personal" in an Age of Big Data

Everywhere you turn people are talking about the age of big data. When we hear the words Google, Facebook, and NSA we think about how much of our "personal" information they have, what they are doing with it, and, (perhaps) what we can do about it. Is it possible to design a system where people have enough control over who can see and how they can use personal data that sharing would be maximized and abuse minimized? A system that provides confidence that people are who they say they are and that they will do with your data only what you allow them to do?
This workshop will introduce participants to the issues and vocabulary of "big privacy" through a review of the history of online identity schemas and exploration of some of the possibilities associated with a system currently being developed by an international collaboration of private and public partners.