Department of Media, Culture, and Communication

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Paper Garners Praise at Privacy Law Conference

Recent graduate (PhD '14) Solon Barocas received an award for best paper at the annual Privacy Law Scholars Conference in Washington, D.C. Barocas co-authored the paper Big Data's Disparate Impact with former MCC postdoctoral fellow Andrew Selbst. The paper looks at whether current discrimination law is adequate in the age of big data, when civil liberties can be jeopardized in novel, unintentional ways.

Following this award, Barocas was invited to participate at a symposium co-hosted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy’s Massive Data Institute. Footage from his panel Big Data and Discrimination can be viewed here.

Since graduating this past spring, Barocas has begun a postdoctoral fellowship at Princeton University's Center for Information Technology Policy.