Geneva Panel: Big Data, End of Privacy?

Apr. 10, 2017

Geneva Panel: Big Data, End of Privacy?
Session focused on technology and the data collection trend

“Big Data: The End of Privacy?” was the theme of a D.Bates panel that took place on the Geneva campus on Thursday, March 30.

Organized by Fernando Lagraña, director of the Grenoble Ecole de Management Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) program and moderated by Dominique Jolly, chair of Walker School programs at the Geneva campus, this D.Bates session focused on technology and usage aspects of the massive data collection trend that we witness today, with a special focus on journalism and health care.

Xavier Tanazacq, EMEA business development manager for the Economist and DBA student, gave insight on how data is utilized by media organizations beyond recommendation of related articles. He informed the audience of the widespread use of Big Data in unexpected areas such as politics and he underlined the importance of privacy for media companies. Beyond the obvious protection of the information sources, a privacy breach would seriously impact the trust-relationship between a company and its client’s data protection.

Claude Chaudet, head of the IT department at Webster University Geneva, spoke about data security, the issues and risks related to the information storage in the globalized cloud, but also on the benefits and opportunities available through the massive data.

Françoise Maillard, head of the healthcare management program at Webster Geneva, gave the final presentation on the value that technology, including massive databases and robotics, brings to health care. She also evoked the growing concern of patients’ data protection for hospitals, focusing on the issue of hacking.

A question and answer session followed the presentations and showed that privacy and, more generally, data security is a concern for all. 

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