Announcing Stats NZ's Data Summit
For the first time, Stats NZ will host a 2-day summit on informed decision-making through the ethical use of data.
We’ll discuss balancing the tensions between data innovation and protecting privacy – ensuring New Zealanders have trust and confidence in the way their data is used. We’ll learn about data sovereignty from an international and New Zealand perspective. And we'll take an in-depth look at privacy, ethics and algorithms.
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Associate Professor, Faculty of Law,
Professor, Department of Philosophy,
Record-breaking Tasman kayaker
Programme Thursday 27 September 2018
Pallas Hupé Cotter
Emmy award-winning US television journalist, anchor, reporter, and producer Pallas Hupé Cotter will navigate us through a day of keynote presentations that will take your interest in data to a whole new level.
Hon James Shaw, Minister of Statistics
What matters gets measured | Transparency and accountability
Using existing data to help model possible outcomes is an important part of modern government decision-making. Algorithms search for patterns in relevant data to help model potential outcomes that could occur given different circumstances. Minister Shaw will discuss the benefits and challenges of using data to make a positive difference to New Zealanders, the importance of transparency, and Government accountability.
Liz MacPherson, Government Chief Data Steward
We can, but should we? | Balancing the tensions between innovation and protection
It’s increasingly important for New Zealanders to understand how their personal data is used. As momentum and capability builds to do more with data, consistent processes and stewardship are needed across government to ensure the right balance is struck between greater data use and protecting public interest.
Cathy O’Neil, author New York Times bestseller Weapons of Math Destruction
Weapons of Math Destruction | Algorithms that are secret, important and harmful
Algorithms decide who gets a loan, who gets a job interview, who gets insurance, and much more – but they don't automatically make things fair. Cathy will uncover the dark secrets of big data, showing how ‘objective’ algorithms could in fact reinforce human bias. The mathematician, data scientist, and author will also talk about the agendas behind the formulas, and options for using data responsibly.
Liz MacPherson, Government Chief Data Steward
Liz will set the scene around the government’s approach to data management, which considers the unique and different perspectives of key stakeholders, including iwi and Māori.
Dr Jonathan Dewar, Executive Director, First Nations Information Governance Centre
First Nations perspective
Jonathan will provide an international perspective on how FNIGC is balancing the collection and protection of information about First Nations people.
Professor Tahu Kukutai, Te Rūnanga Tātari Tatauranga & Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato
New Zealand perspective
Tahu will talk about Māori data sovereignty and the opportunities and challenges in the context of big data and integrated data in Aotearoa.
Associate Professor Amy Fletcher, Department of Political Science and International Relations, University of Canterbury
Artificial Intelligence, automation and employment in the US
New and fast-changing technologies – such as 3-D printing, self-driving cars, and machine learning – will bring significant new opportunities. Technological disruption to business-as-usual, and rapid political and economic change, is forcing organisations to adapt and necessitating innovative approaches to education and social support.
Amy will look at key issues arising in the US, starting with an overview of some key workplace developments, with a focus on AI-enabled technologies, and the changing nature of work. She’ll then consider the political challenges of the technological revolution, drawing on examples from threatened sectors, and those poised to thrive in the 21st century economy. The session finishes with a look at the broader ethics of AI and the possibility of using technology to revitalise American democracy.
Associate Professor Colin Gavaghan, Faculty of Law, Otago University
Professor James Maclaurin, Department of Philosophy, Otago University
AI technologies | Maximising benefits, minimising potential harm
AI is coming at us before we fully understand what it might mean. Established ways of doing things in areas like transport regulation, crime prevention and legal practice are being challenged by new technologies such as driverless cars, crime prediction software and 'AI lawyers'. AI technologies pose fascinating legal, practical and ethical challenges, which require interdisciplinary solutions.
Speakers: Liz MacPherson, Cathy O’Neil, Jonathan Dewar, John Edwards, Sam Daish
Panel discussion: We can, but should we? | Ethical use of data
The panel will give their views – both the New Zealand and international perspectives – and respond to your questions on how we balance the mix of creating better outcomes for people while ensuring we maintain the trust and confidence they have in us managing their data.
Pallas Hupé Cotter
Summarising key themes and setting the scene for tomorrow’s open space sessions.
Scott Donaldson, record-breaking Tasman kayaker
Blood, sweat and data | Double ditch success
Data played a critical part in Scott Donaldson’s incredible journey, as the first solo kayaker to successfully cross the Tasman Sea – the ‘double ditch’.
Scott will share his story of 84-days of straight paddling across the Tasman … and what it was like arriving in New Plymouth to fireworks and cheers from supporters gathered on Ngamotu Beach.
Close of Day 1
Programme Friday 28 September 2018
Registration with coffee and tea
With a knack for bringing techies and non-techies together to break down boundaries to increase understanding, self-confessed internet evangelist Mike Riversdale (aka Miramar Mike) will lead our ‘unconference’ adventure.
An ‘unconference’ format will provide the opportunity for in-depth group discussions based on emerging themes from Day 1. The format will create space for peer-to-peer learning, collaboration and creativity.
Indicators Aotearoa NZ
Data is required to make the best decisions by everyone in New Zealand. We have moved beyond using GDP as the leading indicator for measuring the progress of society.
Stats NZ will outline the work it is doing to provide a comprehensive set of measures. Stats NZ will discuss how these will provide a framework for the use of data to make decisions and highlight gaps in the data available to do this.
Close of Day 2
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