• Our Next Meetup is THIS Week: "Bot of Course!"

    "Bot of Course!" ChatBots. Robots. Personal Data is exchanged, gathered, aggregated, even interacted upon, and put to use by these ever increasing parts of digital and technological society. What are the developmental challenges facing businesses in dealing with Personal Data in the bot world? How do people relate to bots, what is the comfort level, and what does the future hold? Consider this: ATMs, which got their start in the US in the mid-1970s, have aspects of robotics, AI, and ChatBots. Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana, and others are perhaps the most well known. A June 15th Wired article notes that Facebook has over 100,000 bots. (Zuckerberg prefers not to call them chatbots). Banking and finance, travel, real estate, fashion and cosmetics, healthcare, customer service of all sorts, these are just the beginning for ChatBot use case categories. Robots as personal assistants, robots stocking shelves and reporting on inventory via QR or UPS codes, robots handling waste management, robots devoted to cleaning and hospitality chores, robots as mailroom and delivery assistants . . .the list goes on and on. On Thursday June 29th the PDNYC Meetup will delve into the ChatBot and Robot world. Our panelists will be developers and startups, and a special guest who is an expert in the human response and reaction to machine interactions. The psychology of dealing with bots, and how personal data and sharing, protecting, and sensitivities toward dealing with chatbots and robots will be part of the discussion. More details coming soon on the panelists. We’ll be meeting at the Polsinelli law firm, next Thursday, June 29th, from 7PM to 8:30. Polsinelli is located at 600 3rd Avenue, between 39th and 40th Streets.


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    Personal Data is what feeds the Personal Information Economy. Since its inception PDNYC has looked at various aspects and angles of personal data: as a business class, from a legal standpoint, as per the ethics of data use. We’ve seen any number of business demos, and a few of those have gone on to bigger and better things. One of PDNYC’s original sponsors and early presenters, Ghostery, was recently acquired by Cliqz. We’ve looked at Robots and Personal Data, AI and Personal Data, The NSA and Prism and the Snowden revelations, plus Location Based Tracking and their impact on both privacy and the perception of personal data. Awareness of Personal Data has grown since the early days of PDNYC. The proliferation of personal devices: phones, tablets, small and extremely portable computers (Microsoft Surface, Apple iPad Pro, etc.), make the presence, acquisition and usage of personal data more immediate and ubiquitous than ever. And now we’re taking a look at the Role of Marketing in the Personal Information Economy. This is a natural segue from all of the topics mentioned above. If your business or service is involved in the Personal Data Ecosystem, then marketing plays a key role. PDNYC is pleased to announce that members of our group have access to individual FREE TICKETS to The Connected Marketer Institute’s Workshop and Networking Event, THE ROLE OF MARKETING IN THE PERSONAL INFORMATION ECONOMY, Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at the Manhattan (Lincoln Center) campus of Fordham’s Gabelli School of Business. You can learn more about the workshop. Find the event web page here (http://www.theconnectedmarketer.com/tcmi-pie-workshop-april-2017#venue). Members of the Personal Data New York Meetup (PDNYC), Personal Data Ecosystem Consortium (PDEC) and Fordham University students may attend for free. Students and professors from other universities can attend for 75% off. The PDNYC Promotional code is PDNYC100 Click on this link (https://www.eventbrite.com/tickets-external?eid=32544169487&ref=etckt&parent=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.theconnectedmarketer.com%2Ftcmi-pie-workshop-april-2017) for registration. Space is limited, so grab your free seat now.

  • #PDNYC 15: PDNYC Happy Hour on Data Privacy Day

    Happy New Year, PDNYCers! As a casual way to ring in 2016, please join us for pizza and drinks as we celebrate International Data Privacy Day (https://www.staysafeonline.org/data-privacy-day/about)! We'll also be featuring a few "state of the data/union" addresses from some select members to help us plan what type of events would be most beneficial to Members for the rest of the year. We hope to see you there! John, Gus, Matt, and Dean

  • #PDNYC 14: The Ethics of Ad Blocking

    WeWork Labs

    Over 200 million people, roughly 7% of the Internet population, are currently using digital ad blockers and this figure is expected to grow rapidly over the next several years. A recent study also found that 63% of Millennials block online ads. To date, ad blocking has been mostly limited to desktops and laptops but Apple’s recent support of content blocking on iOS 9 could portend extensive ad blocking on smartphones and tablets as well. At the next PDNYC, we’ll take a look at this growing phenomenon and examine its implications for consumer privacy, digital publishers and advertisers, the ad tech industry, and ISPs. Panelists will include: Doc Searls, author, journalist, and fellow at the Center for Information Technology & Society (CITS) at University of California, Santa Barbara Jason Kint, CEO of Digital Content Next (f.k.a Online Publisher Association) Brendan Riordan-Butterworth, Director at IAB (Interactive Advertising Bureau) Jim Hirshfield, SVP of Sales & GM Americas at PageFair Frederic Montagnon, CEO of Secret Media The awareness of our Personal Data rights is growing, as is the desire for tools to take control of our screens. Join us to discuss the ethics of ad blocking and a future where we actually have some influence over the ads that we see.

  • #PDNYC 13: Demo night! Personal data API's

    WeWork Chelsea

    PDNYC Community, We're back for a July Meetup! We have the privilege of hosting this meetup at WeWork's brand new HQ, in Chelsea (115 West 18th, 2nd FL). We've got demos from companies who provide API access to different types of personal data. Matt Stanfield, Iamdata (http://iamdata.co/): iamdata is an API that makes online retailer data available to developers. With consent from a user, they are able to pull sku-level data on purchase histories and more from websites where the user has an account. Developers, startups and others can develop apps on top of this rich and robust data-set. Scott Pollack, Sumall (https://sumall.com/): SumAll is a connected data platform that lets businesses see all of their data in one place. They help enterprise companies track analyze and manage the mountains of data being created by their customers. Apigee (https://apigee.com/about/) Apigee is an intelligent API platform for digital business. They help companies - Start-ups to Fortune 100- use their enterprise data and services to create connected digital experiences for customers, partners and employees. Schedule for the night: 6:15pm start 6:30pm: Demo 1 + Q&A 6:45pm: Demo 2 + Q&A 7:00pm: Demo 3 + Q&A 7:15pm: Panel with presenters. 7:45pm: Food/booze/networking. We look forward to seeing you there! -The organizers

  • PDNYC #12 - In-Home Robots & Personal Data

    WeWork Labs

    New robot overlords: Welcome or unwelcome? Join us on June 4th, 2015 at 6:15 when we'll be featuring T.Rob Wyatt (https://ioptconsulting.com), Internet of Things guru as he discusses how personal data is being affected by the influx of in-home robots like Jibo (http://www.jibo.com/) and Pepper (http://www.softbank.jp/en/corp/group/sbm/news/press/2014/20140605_01/). T. Rob will also be joined by Jack Mason of IBM for the discussion. Here's how T.Rob describes this phenomenon: Imagine a world in which with the most effective and detailed surveillance technology in human history has been deployed at Internet scale. Outdoors you are trackable by satellites, by drones stationed over population centers, by automated license plate scanners, by EZ-Pass readers nowhere near toll booths, by a blanket of CCTV cameras, and more. Inside of government, commercial and private buildings you are trackable by presence detection, facial recognition, Wi-Fi, BLE and more. However trackable you are physically, you are infinitely more trackable digitally. Now imagine sophisticated surveillance platforms jam packed with face and voice recognition, presence detection, gait detection, night vision, temperature, light, color, sound, air quality, inertia, and infrared sensors, freedom of movement, gifted with artificial intelligence, capable by design of taking autonomous action, connected 24x7x365 and reporting back to the mother ship, and designed specifically to be deployed inside your house - the one remaining place in the world where you had an expectation of privacy. Oh, and by the way, would you mind giving it all of your account credentials and passwords, along with some credit card numbers? Just add a cute anthropomorphic face, voice and affect, and this dystopian future panopticlypse becomes today's wildly popular business model. The topic for this session is whether this is cause for alarm or celebration. We'll start with a presentation with T.Rob/Jack followed by a facilitated Q&A before breaking for networking, beer and pizza. Info about T. Rob Wyatt : T.Rob has been interested in the Internet of Things since the late 1980s, well before we called it that. His initial excitement at the recent emergence of an IoT market turned to profound disappointment when what was actually delivered turned out to be closed systems based on a surveillance business model that he describes as "the panopticlypse." He is now on a mission to promote a better IoT architecture that lives up to the visionary promise originally described by science fiction and speculative non-fiction writers decades ago. He hopes that you will either help build that ecosystem or join him on this quest by not settling for surveillance devices. For more info on T.Rob, please check out: • IOPT Consulting (https://ioptconsulting.com) • The Odd is Silent (https://tdotrob.wordpress.com) Info about Jack Mason of IBM: Jack Mason (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jackmason) leads IBM Global Business Services communications team in innovation efforts around mobile, social, video and social business. Jack joined IBM 11 years ago, and storytelling has been a throughline in his journey as a Time Inc. journalist, screenwriter, digital producer and creative handyman. He is currently working on an internal video project to bring the stories of the IBM and Apple partnership, and the new apps that are its fruits, to life. He has also served as a curator of stories through Tumblr (Smarter Planet (http://smarterplanet.tumblr.com/), The Social Business (http://ibmsocialbiz.tumblr.com/), The Smarter Cities Scan (http://smartercities.tumblr.com/)) and on mobile devices, through Flipboard (IBM: Insight Out (https://flipboard.com/@ibmgbs/insight-out-%3A-ibm-consulting-c86hdv5vy).) He plays keyboards in rocking eight-person Mrs. Milito's Awesome People (https://www.facebook.com/MrsMilitosAwesomePeopleBand?fref=ts) and funksoul quartet McGroovr (https://www.facebook.com/mcgroovr?fref=ts). And his Reverb online shop, Automatic Jack's Axe Shack (https://reverb.com/shop/automaticjack), is stocked with great vintage gear for good people.

  • PDNYC #11: The Ethics of Personal Data - From Privacy to Practicality

    Today most individuals only care about their personal data enough to try and keep it from being hacked. Unaware of tools like Personal Clouds or methodologies like VRM (http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/projectvrm/Main_Page) (Vendor Relationship Management) designed to help them control their data, they quickly become bored around issues of privacy. The rise of autonomous vehicles and Artificial Intelligence, however, raises unique ethical questions that are causing individuals to rethink the relationship to their personal data. For instance, how will individuals know if their self-driving cars will respond in ways that match their values during a collision? Will Internet of Things manufacturers require, as Jason Millar points out in this WIRED article (http://www.wired.com/2014/09/set-the-ethics-robot-car/), informed ethical consent from anyone utilizing their products? Will this same mindset apply to media as well, where individuals engaging with content in immersive digital channels like Oculus Rift will need to declare how they want their data accessed before viewing? Join us on April 22nd, where we'll explore how ethics is moving from academia to the forefront of manufacturing technology and journalism. Whereas our personal data typically reflects the "what" of who we are (demographics, actions we take online), ethics reflects the "why" regarding the deeper reasons we make the choices we do. Our Panel: John C. Havens (http://www.johnchavens.com) (Moderator, PDNYC Organizer) is a contributing writer for Mashable, The Guardian, Founder of The Happathon Project (http://www.happathon.com), author of, Hacking H(app)iness: Why Your Personal Data Counts and How Tracking it Can Change the World (http://www.amazon.com/Hacking-Happiness-Personal-Counts-Tracking/dp/0399173196/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1425481438&sr=1-2)(Tarcher/Penguin, 2014) and Genuine: Authentic Happiness in an Age of Artificial Intelligence (http://www.johnchavens.com/#!books/cdzt) (Tarcher, Penguin 2016). Susan Borst (https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=16381875&authType=NAME_SEARCH&authToken=FhdT&locale=en_US&trk=tyah&trkInfo=clickedVertical%3Amynetwork%2Cidx%3A1-1-1%2CtarId%3A1427300200834%2Ctas%3Asusan+borst) - Susan is Director of Industry Initiatives for The Interactive Advertising Bureau (http://www.iab.net/). The IAB recently released their first native advertising guidelines (http://www.marketingmagazine.co.uk/article/1332966/iab-publishes-first-native-ad-guidelines) that call for explicit transparency regarding the nature of paid versus editorial content as well as a 5,000 person consumer study (http://www.iab.net/media/file/IAB_Edelman_Berland_Study.pdf) on consumer perceptions of in-feed sponsored content ads that confirm the importance of clear disclosure. Chris Rezendes (https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=506569&authType=OPENLINK&authToken=GgRf&locale=en_US&srchid=1093191427300159028&srchindex=1&srchtotal=13&trk=vsrp_people_res_name&trkInfo=VSRPsearchId%3A1093191427300159028%2CVSRPtargetId%3A506569%2CVSRPcmpt%3Aprimary%2CVSRPnm%3A) is the Founder and President of INEX advisors (http://inexadvisors.com/), an IoT consultancy with offices in Boston and London. INEX advises some of the most innovative companies in the world on strategies and tactics related to IoT in their specific industries and served markets. Among INEX' contributions to IoT markets globally is their work in IoT data governance policies, secure subscription enablement and new business models in IoT. Chris is also an early stage investor and advisor to a number of IoT startups. Aaron Tantlett (http://www.foley.com/aaron-k-tantleff/) - Aaron K. Tantleff is a partner in Foley & Lardner LLP (http://www.foley.com/)'s Technology Transactions & Outsourcing and Privacy, Security & Information Management practice groups. He has represented companies on with respect to intellectual property, privacy, and technology related matters, both as in-house and outside counsel. Aaron is a frequent speaker and author in the area of privacy and technology, and is a contributing author in Foley’s book, Big Data: A Business and Legal Guide (http://www.crcpress.com/product/isbn/9781466592377). Focusing on questions of how ethical issues are shaping legal precedents surrounding artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, and media today, this panel will provide a practical perspective on how we can evolve the conversation around personal data from privacy to control in light of the deeper values that drive our lives. The panel will be followed by Q&A’s from the audience and then on to networking and drinks supplied by the organizers. As time allows, we'll also hear updates from the Internet Identity Workshop (IIW) (http://www.internetidentityworkshop.com/) happening April 7-9th. We look forward to seeing you there, and please pass the word! VOLUNTEER NEEDED: We'd like to start recording our sessions. If anyone attending April 22nd is willing/able to record our panel, please contact John: john AT happathon DOT com. Here's a tweet to cut and paste: The Ethics of Personal Data: From Privacy to Practicality. PDNYC#11. Wed April 22, 6pm @WeWorkLabs (https://twitter.com/WeWorkLabs), 8th floor. Info: http://bit.ly/1O3AWAk

  • PDNYC #10: Artificial Intelligence and how it relates to personal data

    Hello PDNYCers, Here's the line up for Monday night 9/29! AI demos line-up: Demo #1: General Cybernetics Product: Streamfully (http://streamful.ly/) changing how users interact with digital content by enabling deep personalization and real-time hyperlinking across the web. Presenter: Paul Pangaro Paul Pangaro is CEO of General Cybernetics, Inc., a startup focused on creating "conversation with content." Paul's products are based on formal models of conversation that calculate a user's cognitive uncertainty and learning style. He has taken roles as CTO in startups, tech executive, and professor of cybernetics & design. He taught a course in Stanford University HCI program for seven years and in the Interaction Design MFA program at the School of the Visual Arts since 2010, and has lectured on his approach to conversation software in São Paulo, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, Toronto, and in cities in the US. Paul studied computer science and humanities at MIT, where he made award-winning computer-generated films. Nicholas Negroponte hired him to work in what became the MIT Media Lab. He earned a Ph.D. in cybernetics and conversation theory at Brunel University with Gordon Pask. Demo #2: X.AI Product: x.ai (http://x.ai/) is a personal assistant who schedules meetings for you Presenter: Dennis Mortensen Dennis is the CEO and Founder of x.ai, whose artificial intelligence driven personal assistant lets people schedule meetings using plain English and nothing more than a CC to [masked]. He’s a pioneer and expert in the analytics, optimization and big data space and has been since its inception – he is also a fully-fledged entrepreneur and successfully delivered a number of company exits. He’s an accredited Associate Analytics Instructor at the University of British Columbia, the Author of Data Driven Insights from Wiley and a frequent speaker on the subject of Analytics and Data. A native of Denmark, Mortensen currently calls New York City his home. Demo #3: YourBot Product: Yourbot, a NYC based startup, along with researchers at Princeton, is helping people create interactive digital personas and store their memories (their stories, videos and photos) on the cloud for generations to come. Presenter: Ekim Kaya Ekim Kaya is founder of Botego, a startup developing Natural Language Processing technologies. He was lucky to be called a “visionary” by Fortune Turkey, mentioned among '50 Digital Turks' by Infomag, featured on “Forbes Turkey” and listed as one of the 'Conversation Leaders' and 'Most Active Users' among Turkish Entrepreneurial Ecosystem on the 'Startup Intelligence Regional Report' by IBM. Author of Kaldirac Etkisi (Leverage Effect), a book covering stories of 16 successful Turkish entrepreneurs in the Internet space. How AI is Related to Personal Data Recently, a great piece was written in The Atlantic, titled Data Doppelgangers and the Uncanny Valley of Personalization (http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/06/data-doppelgangers-and-the-uncanny-valley-of-personalization/372780/). The uncanny valley is that creepy feeling you get when you look at a robot and it looks just human enough to freak you out (versus being a cute, Wall-E type bot). For advertising, the idea of the uncanny valley is the point we'll get to get to soon where the algorithms behind online ads will become nuanced enough to make us feel that advertisers know us better than we do. In this regard, having control over our personal data in the future means we can either choose not to be targeted in this way, or work with advertisers to bring greater transparency to their efforts.

  • PDNYC #9: Doc Searls and the state of the personal data economy

    PDNYC members, We are thrilled to have added Rick Heitzmann, from FirstMark capital, to the lineup for Mon July 28. See below for full event details! We’re gearing up with more regular meetings and starting off with a bang – our Keynote on July 28th is renowned author/speaker, and Vendor Relationship Management (VRM) Godfather, Doc Searls. Doc (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doc_Searls) is co-author of The Cluetrain Manifesto and author of The Intention Economy: When Customers Take Charge, a fellow at the Center for Information Technology & Society (CITS) at the University of California, Santa Barbara (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_California,_Santa_Barbara), and an alumnus fellow (2006–2010) of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berkman_Center_for_Internet_%26_Society) at Harvard University. He’s also recently been a leading advocate of The Respect Network (http://www.respectnetwork.com), the “World’s First Personal Cloud Network.” Doc’s keynote will focus on VRM, ideas from The Intention Economy, and how Personal Clouds are helping transform the personal data landscape. After Doc’s keynote, we’ll be featuring a brief panel on Personal Data Clouds and the state of the Personal Data Economy with: · Event moderator/MC John C. Havens (http://www.johnchavens.com), author of Hacking H(app)iness, Founder of The H(app)athon Project (http://www.happathon.com), and contributing writer for Mashable and The Guardian. • Sean Bohan, Strategic Development Principle - Mozilla Content Services • Doc Searls (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doc_Searls), Doc is the godfather of the VRM (Vendor Relationship Management) movement. A fellow at (CITS) UCSB and (Berkman Center) Harvard, Doc works vigorously toward the realization of a better internet infrastructure predicated on more individual control over the digital self. • Rick Heitzmann (http://firstmarkcap.com/team/rick-heitzmann/), Rick is a founder and Managing Director at FirstMark capital. Rick has overseen many consumer and enterprise investments in the media, adtech, mobile and data sectors. FirstMark's portfolio includes two PDNYC alums, Disconnect and Dashlane... both of whom announced fundings in 2014. The panel will be followed by Q&A’s from the audience and then on to networking and drinks supplied by the organizers. We look forward to seeing you there, and please pass the word! This is an exciting time in the Personal Data space and it’s a rare opportunity to get to see Doc speak. Please share it with your networks! Here's a tweet to cut and paste: Doc Searls keynotes #PDNYC (https://twitter.com/search?q=%23PDNYC) #9. Mon July 28/6pm @WeWorkLabs (https://twitter.com/WeWorkLabs) Loading dock. VRM & The State of The Personal Data Economy. http://bit.ly/1pZZ36n

  • PDNYC #8 Bitcoin

    WeWork Labs

    PDNYC members, Sorry for the short notice, but on Monday March 10, we are hosting the 8th installment of the preeminent personal data meetup in NYC! Monday March 10's event is Bitcoin: The crossroads of privacy, payments, and personal data. We have an all star line up, featuring a Keynote From Andy Roth. Not only is Andy a long-time PDNYC member, but he's also Pro-Bono counsel to the Bitcoin Foundation, Former Chief Privacy Officer at AMEX, and Current Partner at Dentons. Following the keynote, we have two awesome demos from NYC-based Bitcoin companies Lazzerbee (http://lazzerbee.com/) and BTX Trader (https://www.btxtrader.com/). As always, the event will be followed by food, booze and networking. Spread the word! -The organizers