The Digital Society is remaking the fields of commerce, education, public health, and everything in between. While big data analytics, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things produce ample benefits, they also raise threats of panoptic surveillance and algorithmic determinism. Left unchecked, these forces can erode human dignity, autonomy, privacy, and freedom. Please join the Program on Data and Governance on Wednesday, November 7, as Professor Anita Allen, University of Pennsylvania, delivers a talk on “Intelligence Without Ethics? Holding On To Our Values and Ourselves in the Digital Society.”

Who is responsible for protecting our essential values in an age of information? Professor Allen argues that individuals, corporations, and governments each have distinct ethical obligations to constrain big data practices in the public interest. In the Sidley Austin Distinguished Lecture on Big Data Law and Policy, Professor Allen will explore the moral and legal agendas that can guide society to a future that is not just smart, but also ethical. Expert Commenter Professor Bart van der Sloot, Tilburg University, Netherlands, will comment on Professor Allen’s lecture and share his own, innovative theory on how privacy also requires protection against information about oneself.

This event will begin at 3:30 PM at the Barrister Club, located at 55 West 12th Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201 (above Panera). Advance registrants are invited to join a public reception for Professors Allen and van der Sloot at the Barrister Club following the event.

With generous support from the law firm of Sidley Austin LLP, the Moritz College of Law offers this distinguished lecture annually. This year’s lecture is made possible with additional support from the Center for Ethics and Human Values. For registration link and complete details, please see: