14 May 2013
10 May 2013
WIL biannual meeting at the French Parliament
Paris, Hôtel de Lassay
On October 22 Claude Bartolone, President of the French National Assembly, will host a much-awaited WIL biannual meeting. Together with members of the Washington-based Global Women's Innovation Network (GlobalWIN) and a high-level international audience we will discuss the topic of balance between transparency and privacy in the Internet era.
Among our distinguished speakers can be cited: Maureen Ohlhausen, US Federal Trade Commissioner; Delphine Ernotte Cunci, Senior Executive Vice President, Orange France and Deputy Chief Executive Officer, France Telecom Group; Anne-Marie Kermarrec, Research Director at INRIA; and Sophie Pedder, Paris bureau chief of The Economist.
Almost a hundred high-level women are expected to participate, including CEOs, executives, European high civil servants, policy makers and academics, WIL Women Talent Pool Program participants, as well as an American Global WIN delegation and a Pink Shoe Club’s delegation (an exclusive women’s network located at the House of Lords).
The emergence of disruptive information technologies in the past few years has accelerated the flow of data, and determined a more intelligent, clear-cut way of collecting and circulating information. These new practices had some unexpected consequences, from the most sensationalist rows (News of the World), to business choices influencing users’ privacy (Facebook), to tensions at the highest diplomatic levels (Wikileaks). These situations clearly show that concepts of transparency and privacy are being redefined, and that an in-depth reflection on the ‘right’ way of using data should be an important part of this process.
Consumers release data about themselves and others on the Internet freely, setting the do’s and don’ts by themselves. However, once data is out there, the intellectual property rights may be diluted. What is more, new digital tools allow collecting and analyzing data in an unprecedented manner. Is the public aware of what is implied by the concepts of transparency and privacy? When people release information, do they understand how they can control it afterwards? Is there still a strict line between what is private and public? How is this boundary marked and redefined by new technologies?
These will be the core themes of our debate on October 22.
WIL biannual meeting
“How to find the right balance between transparency and privacy in the Internet age”
Hôtel de Lassay, 128 rue de l'Université, 75007 Paris
12:00 – 12:30 Registration & networking
12:30 – 12:40 Opening speech followed by Q&As:
- Claude Bartolone, President of the French National Assembly
- Thaima Samman, WIL President
12:40 – 14:45 Lunch with talks by distinguished speakers:
- Maureen Ohlhausen, Commissioner, US Federal Trade Commissioner
- Delphine Ernotte Cunci, Senior Executive Vice President, Orange France and Deputy Chief Executive Officer, France Telecom Group
- Anne -Marie Kermarrec, INRIA, Research Director
- Sophie Pedder, Paris bureau chief, The Economist
- Dorothee Belz, Vice President Legal and Corporate Affairs Europe
14:45 – 15:00 Closing remarks