Pam Dixon | Founder And Executive Director
World Privacy Forum

Pam Dixon, Founder And Executive Director, World Privacy Forum

Pam Dixon is the founder and executive director of the World Privacy Forum, a respected public interest research group focusing on data privacy. Dixon is an author and researcher known for her pioneering work in the area of data brokers, predictive analytics, identity, and biometrics, among other aspects of consumer data privacy and data protection. Dixon has researched and written numerous privacy studies, including substantive biometrics research in India, which formed the basis of a peer-reviewed scholarly article regarding India’s Aadhaar biometric system in relation to EU-US policy. This research was cited in the Supreme Court of India’s landmark Aadhaar privacy ruling in 2018. She is a member of the OECD Artificial Intelligence Expert Group, and she has served as an OECD expert advisor on global health data uses. Dixon serves on the editorial board of the Harvard-based journal of Technology Science. Dixon has testified about data privacy topics multiple times before the US Congress, including the Senate Judiciary Committee, as well as the US Federal Trade Commission and other agencies. Dixon has written 8 books, including titles for Random House / Times Books, among other major publishers. Her most recent book, Surveillance in America, was published in 2016 by ABC-CLIO books. Her next book on privacy is set to be published by ABC CLIO in 2019.


Identity Week Asia Day 1 @ 11:10

Digital Identity on the Blockchain

The phenomenon of blockchain has the power to transform the world of identity. This panel discussion will explore how it can enable self-sovereign identity, establishing regulatory frameworks to allow blockchain to achieve its potential, and the impact of new cryptocurrencies.

Identity Week Asia Day 1 @ 16:50

Public Perceptions and Good Practice: How to Implement Biometrics Responsibly

Recent news on biometrics has raised concerns about the use of the technology, in particular Facial Recognition (FR). According to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in only four years, facial recognition software got 20 times better at searching a database to find a matching photograph. The use of machine-learning software has contributed to this development and concerns over AI and ethics have also begun to occupy the headlines. With such speed of development, it is nearly impossible for regulators, legislators or standards developers to keep at pace. It is therefore even more important for the biometrics community to agree on recommended good practices for biometrics and help clear up some of the myths around the technology that have contributed to the heated debate.This panel of experts will discuss:·What are some of the good news stories around biometrics especially in a law enforcement and border management context? ·What “myths-information” do we need to clear up to address some of the fear around biometrics?·Do we need regulation of FR? How do we address total bans? ·Are there differences in how we approach different use cases e.g. in law enforcement, on smart phones or in social media? What are the benefits versus the risks?·What good practices are already available and how can organisations put these into use?

Identity Week Asia Day 2 @ 13:05

Key privacy and identity trends: A global update

Identity is central to privacy, and privacy attitudes, legislation, and practices have changed profoundly in the last two years. What does this mean, and why is “the new privacy” important for all identity systems stakeholders to understand? This talk identifies the hot spots and gives a thorough report and analysis on the major new privacy trends and legislation that are impacting digital identity, biometrics, and government ID systems internationally. The discussion includes key case studies and a look forward at what is coming next in privacy and identity systems. Questions from the audience are welcome during the talk.
last published: 07/Oct/19 05:05 GMT

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