[A2k] May 11 Public Event: The Black Box Society: The secret Algorithms that Controls Money and Information

Manon Ress manon.ress at keionline.org
Tue May 5 06:34:20 PDT 2015

*Save the Date! Monday 11 May, 9AM-12 PM, (the event is free and open to
the public but an RSVP is required to attend in person (due to space
limitations). A livestream link will be provided to those who RSVP for
the livestream only).*

RSVP HERE: http://bit.ly/1FAvSBj

U.S. PIRG and Center for Digital Democracy  are excited to announce that
Professor Frank Pasquale (University of Maryland Law School) will discuss
his new book *"The Black Box Society: The Secret Algorithms That Control
Money and Information."* (Harvard University Press 2015,
http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674368279 )

Following Professor Pasquale's presentation, panels of civil society and
government experts will discuss the implications of his findings for
economic and employment opportunity.

The event will be open to the media and public and will be live

*Looking Inside The Black Box Society: 9:00-noon, Monday, 11 May *

*Where:  Public Citizen, 1600 20th St NW. The event is free and open to the
public but requires an RSVP.*

*9:00-9:30 AM* *Registration and Coffee*

*9:30-10:00 AM* Keynote Address and Commentary by  Professor Frank
Pasquale, author, "The Black Box Society" (Harvard University Press 2015)

*10:00-11:00 AM** Panel 1: Empowering Citizens and Consumers in the
Digitally Data-Driven Financial Services Era:*  What new policies and
practices are required to protect economically vulnerable consumers?
Professor Pasquale will be joined by advocates/academics for a discussion
of the impact of the Black Box on economic opportunity and possible reform
§  Sarah Ludwig, co-director, New Economy Project-NYC (formerly NEDAP).
Sarah was a leader in the recent campaign to win a ban on the use of credit
reports for employment purposes at the NY City Council. (confirmed).
§  Alexis Goldstein, former Wall Street technology executive and
Communications Director for Other98.com <http://other98.com/>. (confirmed).
§  Additional panelist TBA.

*11:00-12 Noon**: Panel 2*:  *What do policymakers need to do to "open" up
and make accountable the "Black Box?"*
§  Jessica Rich, Director, FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection (confirmed).
The FTC BCP has issued recent reports on privacy and data brokers, has held
a series of its own workshops on privacy, data and potential discrimination
and has conducted enforcement actions against firms using digital data
tools without complying with applicable consumer protection laws.
§  Corey Stone, CFPB Assistant Director for Office of Deposits, Cash,
Collections, and Reporting Markets (invited). The CFPB has issued reports
on the credit reporting industry and, under authority granted by Congress,
since fall 2012 has supervised (examined) the activities of larger
participants in credit reporting markets (essentially, examination
authority gives CFPB the right to look inside the black box).

About the USPIRG Education Fund and Center for Digital Democracy Project on
"Data and Consumer Protection:  Ensuring a Fair and Equitable Financial
Marketplace:" "Looking Inside the Black Box Society" is one in a series of
events hosted by USPIRG Education Fund and CDD to promote needed discussion
of the impact of the digital marketplace on economic opportunity. The
project has also authored path-breaking research, including the Suffolk
University Law Review article "Selling Consumers, Not Lists
<http://suffolklawreview.org/selling-consumers-not-lists/>" and the report "Big
Data Means Big Opportunities and Big Challenges: Promoting Financial
Inclusion and Consumer Protection in the "Big Data" Financial Era
 Project principals Ed Mierzwinski (USPIRG Education Fund) and Jeff Chester
(CDD) also participate in events and collaborations hosted by colleagues,
civil rights organizations, think tanks and law schools.

*USPIRG Education Fund and CDD acknowledge the support of the Ford
Foundation, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Rose Foundation for
Communities and the Environment and the Digital Trust Foundation for
support of our research and education work on data and financial
opportunity. We thank them for their support but acknowledge that the work,
events, reports  and investigations are those of the authors and
organizations alone, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the
Foundations. We also thank Public Citizen for the venue.*

Manon Ress, Ph.D.
Knowledge Ecology International, KEI
manon.ress at keionline.org, tel.: +1 202 332 2670
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