The Program on Data Management and Information Governance was founded in November of 2017 to foster a collaborative, multidisciplinary, multisector, multistakeholder environment in which scholars, policymakers, and industry professionals can work together to translate research findings into effective policy. The program seeks to address issues associated with data management and information governance through the exploration and creation of multidisciplinary structures, policies, procedures, processes, and controls implemented to manage data and information.
Even though Bitcoin gets most of the press, the underlying tech, blockchain, is the bigger story; simply put, according to Goldman Sachs, it could “change ‘everything.’” Indeed, the tech is sometimes billed as a panacea—from making businesses more efficient to engendering the growth of “smart” contracts and even securing medical devices, blockchain is now being investigated by a huge range of organizations and is attracting billions in venture funding. Interest is widespread, with organizations ranging from DARPA to Disney investing in blockchain. Wal-Mart is similarly deploying it to help manage its massive supply chain. Countries are even getting into the game, from launching their own cryptocurrencies like Venezuela’s Petro, to Honduras and Greece using blockchain to aid in land registries, to its use in secure voting. But, as with every new innovation, there are both opportunities and drawbacks to consider. The Ostrom Workshop is taking on the challenge of blockchain governance with a new collaborative initiative—the Blockchain Governance Initiative (BGI)—that will be a partnership between our Cybersecurity and Data Governance Programs. To join our working group, and learn more about blockchain research going on around IU, please sign up for our dedicated blockchain list-serve.Sign Up
According to Forbes, more than 2.5 quintillion bytes of data is created every day. While it is almost incomprehensible to quantify the colossal amounts of data being used on a daily basis, how exactly that data is purposed and where it is being transferred to are questions that rise ethical concerns. In addition to Big Data, the technological landscape is changing as the progression of the Internet of Things (IoT) extends far beyond personal devices of the average user. By the year 2020 alone, more than 20.4 billion Internet of Things (IoT) devices will be deployed, according to analyst firm Gartner. As these technologies advance, large portions of consumer data collection will increase and with the adoption of machine learning integrated with enterprise technology, the right of privacy also continues to diminish. Transparency is critical to the ethical use of technology in a digital society. Influences on the security of emerging innovations, along with the unintended consequences that are brought along with the advancements of technology will need to be examined through a multidisciplinary lens if we hope to preserve transparency with the ethical uses of our day-to-day technologies. The Cyber Ethics and Technology Society (CETS) is a new, collaborative initiative that bridges together academic disciplines to foster multidisciplinary dialogue on how the advancements of technology affects society and how we can establish ethical governance to technology as it rapidly progresses. We have established a partnership between our Cybersecurity and Data Governance programs. We encourage student involvement and will be organizing career panels beneficial to the professional development of IU students. We envision future partnerships between the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering (SICE), Kelley School of Business, Maurer School of Law, and Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research (CACR). To join our working group, and learn more about our ongoing research, please sign up for our dedicated CETS listserv.Sign Up
Spring 2019 Events
- "Ethics in the Information Age" event series, Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics, and Society
- January 31 • 12:00–1:00 PM, Maurer School of Law, room 335
CACR Security Speaker Series, J. J. Thompson, Founder and CEO, Rook Security
- January 31 • 1:15–2:15 PM, Maurer School of Law, room 216
Cybersecurity and Information Governance Reading Group, Cookies and Hard Problems: J. J. Thompson, Founder & CEO, Rook Security [Flyer]
- February 11 • 12:00–1:00 PM, Ostrom Workshop, 513 N. Park
Colloquium Series: Jessica Eaglin, Maurer School of Law, IU, with guest commentator Virginia Eubanks, Women's Studies, University at Albany, SUNY
- February 11 • 3:00 PM, Maurer School of Law, faculty conf. room
"Technology Enhanced Discrimination," with Virginia Eubanks, Jessica Eaglin, and Angie Raymond ("Ethics in the Information Age" event series)
- February 18 • 12:00–1:00 PM, Ostrom Workshop, 513 N. Park
Colloquium Series: Abbey Stemler, Business Law & Ethics, Kelley School of Business, IU
- February 28 • 5:00–6:30 PM, Hodge Hall, room 1038
"Big Data, AI, and Civic Virtue," Don Howard, Philosophy, University of Notre Dame ("Ethics in the Information Age" event series) [Flyer]
- March 18 • 12:00–1:00 PM, Ostrom Workshop, 513 N. Park
Colloquium Series: Ryan Calo, School of Law, University of Washington
- Ostrom Workshop Colloquium Series: Data Management and Information Governance scholars will be integrated into the series.
- Data Management and Information Governance Speaker Series: Beginning in the Spring of 2018, Data Management and Information Governance scholars will speak during the lunch hour on Tuesday once a month to foster a networking community.
- Hosting Conferences: The first, entitled "Smart Cities: Security, Privacy, and Governance Best Practices," was held on October 3–5, 2018.
- Outreach and Collaboration: The Data Management and Information Governance Program is in the process of establishing regional, national, and international collaborative initiatives. Contact Professor Raymond if you are interested in discussing opportunities.
- Visiting Scholars: The program will host visiting scholars working on Data Management and Information Governance topics. Contact Professor Raymond for more information.
"The US takes tentative steps toward opening up government data" (with Beth Cate and Scott Shackelford), The Conversation, Mar. 6, 2019
Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable (GUIRR) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Authenticity, Integrity, and Security in a Digital World, Washington, DC, Feb. 19–20, 2019 [more info]
"Rules for a smarter city,"Science Node, Oct. 22, 2018
"E-Commerce Ruling Generates Reaction," interview by Dan McGowan, Inside INdiana Business, June 21, 2018
"Amid outcry over Facebook's privacy issues, new approaches are needed to protect consumer data,"News at IU Bloomington, Apr. 5, 2018
"Ostrom Workshop adds Program on Data Management and Information Governance," News at IU Bloomington, Nov. 29, 2017