This symposium takes a transdisciplinary approach in its exploration of privacy management by drawing from the key areas of Law, Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, and Business. It will focus on the need to develop effective information privacy management frameworks, tools and techniques by addressing the underlying tension between transparency and disclosure in the privacy versus business strategy arenas. There is a significant and growing need to identify privacy requirements in application development and to use intelligent technology-enabled solutions to assist users to monitor and manage their personal information in a more transparent proactive fashion.
People derive significant benefits from sharing their personal details as they take advantage of relevant and useful services, particularly online. However, once collected, businesses often seek to exploit and monetize personal information, and sometimes it is disclosed. Individuals possess a digital footprint that computer applications can discover and use for a wide range of purposes including behavioral targeting for advertising products and services.
Protecting and enforcing privacy is a major cost to business but a lack of privacy protection creates risk for users and reduces trust. Trust plays an important role in the generation of innovation; without trust consumers tend to avoid engagement, they minimize or falsify responses, and as result business opportunities can be missed, and innovation retarded. A sustainable approach to improve privacy protection must balance the cost and risk profiles across the stakeholders; users, service providers, society and government.
The free flow of personal information that respects privacy can fuel and cultivate innovation. Optimizing the risks and rewards across the stakeholders may lead to new forms of innovation and the release of new economic value. The fundamental challenge is to establish legal regimes that enable innovation and facilitate information sharing across jurisdictions in global business. This symposium invites proposals from scholars with diverse backgrounds sharing a common aim: to contribute to development of transdisciplinary solutions to this fundamental challenge.