From Cambridge Analytica to the future of online services: A personal journey

Paul-Olivier De Haye in the School of Computer Science, University of St Andrews
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 14:00

On the 19th March at 1400 in the School of Computer Science (Jack Cole Building, room 1.33a) Paul-Olivier De Haye will present his seminar 'From Cambridge Analytica to the future of online services: A personal journey'


2018 was a crazy year for privacy. The General Data Protection Regulation came into force in May, and new revelations on the personal data ecosystem were making headlines on a weekly basis. I will give the behind the scenes for a lot of these events, question why they didn’t happen earlier, and offer some thoughts on the necessary future of online services. This will include a brief discussion of topics such as semantic alignment, interpretable machine learning, or new privacy-preserving data processing techniques.

Speaker Bio:

Paul-Olivier Dehaye is a mathematician by training. Affiliated to the University of Zurich as a SNSF Assistant Professor until 2016, his career then took a turn towards data protection activism and social entrepreneurship. He was the researcher on several news articles who have reached millions of readers (including many with Carole Cadwalladr), and testified in front of the UK and EU Parliaments on multiple occasions. He is on the board of MyData Global, has founded the NGO PersonalData.IO, and the project MyData Geneva.