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2015 – Who Owns the Data (BIS’2015)


BIS 2015 – Day 3 – Who Owns the Data – May 14th, 2015

A conference organized by CITRIS and Inria, with the support of EIT ICT Labs, in the context of BIS’2015.

Who Owns the Data?” brings together data scientists, entrepreneurs, and representatives of public agencies, advocacy organizations, and the private sector from the United States and Europe.

Watch the conference presentations on Youtube HERE.

Conference Focus

As countless social, commercial and civic transactions are rapidly moving to online platforms, and sensors in our houses, cars, and mobile devices send endless streams of data to servers around the world, discussions of “Big Data” have become commonplace. But what happens to the information once it leaves our fingertips or pockets? How are the data being used, who benefits, and what role do individual contributors of data play –wittingly or unwittingly– in the revenue models that sustain the systems?

Speakers at “Who Owns the Data?” will engage in a lively discussion of current considerations of individual agency, private gain, and public benefit in the rapidly expanding digital world.

The event includes a combination of keynote addresses, lightning talks and panel discussions..

Tentative Agenda (Dowload the program here)

08:30 Registration

09:00 Welcome: Antoine Petit, CEO, Inria; Costas Spanos, Director, CITRIS; and MarkoTurpeinen, EIT ICT Labs

09:30-10:15: Keynote speech with Q&A: Brewster Kahle, Founder & Digital Librarian, The Internet Archive

10:15-10:30: Break

10:30-11:45: Panel 1 – “Public Data & Private Interests”

11:45-12:30: Lunch (provided)

12:30-01:45: Panel 2 – “Privacy & Personal Data”

01:45-02:00: Break

02:00- 03:15: Panel 3 – “Data Philantropy & Corporate Social Responsibility”

03:15-04:00: Keynote speech with Q&A: Francisco García Morán, Chief IT Advisor, European Commission

04:00: Closing Remarks

04:15-05:30: Startup Showcase, Reception & Networking (Moderator: Aparna Sain, EIT ICT Labs)

**Dowload participants Bios here**

Keynote Speakers

  • Brewster Kahle, Founder and Digital Librarian, The Internet Archive: “Who Owns Culture? Internet Archive’s Perspective”
  • Francisco García Morán, Chief IT Advisor, European Commission: “A European Perspective on Ownership of Public Data and Publicly Funded Research Data”

Panel Topics

Public data & Private Interests

  • Ownership and distribution of data resulting from publicly funded research (e.g., the movement for open access, Public Library of Science, data collected during fieldwork for academic research and promotion)
  • Ownership and management of public open data (e.g., civic data such as building permits, birth/death/marriage/adoption records, real estate transaction records, etc.)


  • Tom Andriola, CIO, University of California
  • Stépahne Grumbach, Senior researcher, Inria
  • Hanna Niemi-Hugaerts, Project Manager, CitySDK project, Forum Virium
  • Brandie Nonnecke, Research & Development Manager, CITRIS (Panel Moderator)
  • MacKenzie Smith, University Librerian, UC Davis

Privacy & Personal data

  • Privacy and security concerns
  • Models for personal data ownership
  • Management of student data, personal health data


  • Nicolas Anciaux, Researcher, Inria
  • Stefano Foresti, UC Merced (Panel Moderator)
  • Lise Getoor, UC Santa Cruz
  • Kai Kuikkaniemi, Aalto University
  • Greg Niemeyer, UC Berkeley

Data Philantropy & Corporate Social Responsibility

  • Data philanthropy and new frameworks for sharing private data for public good
  • How is data being considered within the framework of corporate social responsibility?
  • Questions about the responsibility and liability for data provenance, transmission and storage.


  • Lucy Bernholtz, Visiting Scholar, Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, Stanford University
  • Claude Kirchner, Senior Researcher, Inria
  • Manas Mohapatra, Associate Director, Legal, Twitter
  • Faris Natour, Director of Human Rights, Business for Social Responsability (Panel Moderator)