Wednesday 24 May 2023
Area 42 Petit
EPFL Center for Digital Trust (CH) and UC Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (US)

Panel Description

Already today privacy, data security and transparency are at peril. Legal frameworks vary globally creating loopholes and compliance dilemmas for companies whilst leaving consumers vulnerable and confused as they click through cookie consents and privacy notices. Behind the scenes, the data collected feeds into algorithms that amplify disinformation, hate speech and discrimination, and is sold to data brokers for use in profiling and micro-targeting. Meanwhile too little data is available for research in the public interest. Now, imagine these challenges on steroids by 2030 as new technologies and actors emerge. How can technological and policy innovation strengthen privacy and protect users more effectively? This discussion at the intersection of people, policy and technology will engage participants in long-term thinking to help make privacy lastingly more user-friendly, and explore how latest technology progress and new governance models can help to achieve this goal.

• Looking beyond our preoccupations today, what trends and critical uncertainties that will reshape privacy and digital trust by the end of this decade are currently overlooked?
• From data minimization to stronger liability clauses, what are policy and regulatory solutions to current and future challenges that will close loopholes for companies, increase efficiency and put the users and communities at the center?
• From end-to-end encryption to decentralization, what new, concrete practical and technological solutions are emerging that make privacy more usable and user-friendly? Or that might make security and privacy even “invisible” to the user as they will be embedded in systems and architectures from the get-go?
• To strengthen digital trust over the next decade, what concerns need to be considered and what investments need to be made, to ensure global equity while avoiding a patchwork in which privacy becomes a luxury good for some?


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