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Welcome to NYC School of Data — a community conference that demystifies the policies and practices around civic data, technology, and service design. This year’s conference kicks off NYC’s annual Open Data Week & features OVER 30 sessions organized by NYC’s civic technology, data, and design community! Our conversations & workshops will feed your mind and empower you to improve your neighborhood. Follow the conversation #nycSOdata on twitter and tune into our live stream (provided by the Internet Society of New York).
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Saturday, March 2 • 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Smart city, public spaces: privacy and open data in the public realm

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Our roundtable session will explore the ethics of aggregate, non-personally identifiable data collection on the movement and activity of people in public space—an increasingly relevant topic given the emergence of “smart cities” sensor technologies and new projects being piloted in NYC and elsewhere. Specifically, it will address how such data is recorded, shared, and acted upon—and, crucially, by whom. Participants will leave the session feeling empowered to engage in debates about what democratic, transparent, and accountable data collection looks like in the context of the public realm: streets, public parks, and other shared urban spaces.


Shin-pei Tsay

Gehl Institute


Georgia Bullen

Executive Director, Simply Secure
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Stephen Larrick

Head of City Partnerships, Stae
Stephen is an urban planner and open gov advocate who has spent his career working to democratize the way cities are experienced and made. He sees the city (and its data) as a commons: both a collective resource and a collective effort. He believes in radical trust and would love... Read More →

Saturday March 2, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm EST
Plenary Room 303 Spring Street, New York, NY 10013