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The Privacy Advisor Podcast: Arvind Narayanan
Remember 10 years ago, when Netflix had a competition for anyone and everyone to use tons of its user data to come up with an algorithm to better predict viewer preferences? In releasing the data, Netflix said it had scrubbed it of PII, and it was therefore anonymous. But Arvind Narayanan, then a Ph.D student at The University of Texas, and a colleague discovered that the reportedly anonymized data could in fact be de-anonymized, and pretty easily, too. The findings thwarted Netflix's plans for a second contest. 

The Privacy Advisor Podcast: Anna Lauren Hoffmann
In this episode of The Privacy Advisor Podcast, UC Berkeley's Anna Lauren Hoffmann discusses her work in data ethics as she explores the intersection of data, technology, and culture. Specifically, the ways the design and use of technology can either help or hinder values like justice and fairness. She also was behind a project called "The Zuckerberg Files." Conceived over drinks at a conference one night, she and her colleagues discussed the fact that it's too bad, for all the insight Facebook has on its users, users don't have the same look at Facebook. So, they decided to grab some research assistants and, well, Facebook Facebook. They grabbed everything Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had ever said publicly, including in interviews, videos, posts on his own wall, etc. The result is a stunning digital archive, illustrating the narrative Zuckerberg repeats and repeats, and the effect that may have on public consciousness. 

The Privacy Advisor Podcast: Susan Hennessey
In 2013, when the Snowden revelations broke, Susan Hennessey was just going through on-boarding for a position in the Office of the General Counsel at the National Security Agency. In this edition of The Privacy Advisor Podcast, Hennessey discusses the ways in which things did or did not change at the agency during what Hennessey calls, "the hurricane." She says despite the politics playing out on the world stage, there was an understanding between global intelligence agencies that the show must go on. 

The Straight Dope on P.S.R. 2016
A strong theme of the IAPP's recent Privacy. Security. Risk conference seemed to be empathy, a reminder to privacy pros that while sometimes the job can seem faceless and revolve around data and digits, human beings are affected by the decisions we make, the algorithms we use, and the ethics we employ in real ways. That was evident in Monica Lewinsky's keynote, for sure. In this episode of The Privacy Advisor Podcast, IAPP Publications Team members Jedidiah Bracy, CIPP, Sam Pfeifle and Angelique Carson, CIPP/US, recap some of last week's takeaways, including the way in which the tech community is rising up to support the privacy profession, the future of driverless cars, and what we learned as a staff about what works and doesn't work at our annual conferences.


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