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Cambridge Conference: Policy-Making in the Big Data Era 15-17 June 2015

When Jun 15, 2015 12:00 AM to
Jun 17, 2015 12:00 AM
Where Cambridge
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  1. Policy-Making in the Big Data Era: Opportunities & Challenges, 15-17 Jun 2015, Cambridge. Abstract Submission Deadline 20th January 2015

 

 Current decision-making processes are far from being optimal to represent best interests of the public and stakeholders as contemporary policy domains are very complex, high-dimensional and include a large dose of uncertainty. The massive amounts of data captured in our physical world through sensors and electronic devices provide a huge potential to advance these processes. With the availability of new technologies, new formulations are needed on fundamental questions such as how to conduct a census, how to produce labour statistics, or how to incorporate data mined from social media and administrative operations. Efficient procedures to draw links between large-scale data-processing technologies and existing expert knowledge in major policy domains would potentially offer chances to make policy development processes more citizen-focused, taking into account public needs and preferences supported with actual experiences of public services. This however comes with serious privacy and security concerns as intersecting various data sources could reveal unprecedented private information.

 The conference committee invites contributions from researchers, policy makers, practitioners in industry and all other stakeholders to explore the latest developments and potentials in policy-making processes. Topics that will be covered include but are not limited to the following:

  • Information and evidence in the digital age
  • Policy making mechanisms and modelling approaches
  • Existing methodologies, case studies, best practices for use of Big Data in policy
  • Data collection, storage, processing and access procedures
  • Cumulative learning in digital environments, potentials in policy context, challenges and limitations
  • Interaction of domain expertise with digital processing technologies; dealing with imperfect/uncertain data; psychology/behaviour of decision
  • Security and privacy issues; ethics and law

 

Proposals for individual presentations, research panels, fringe meetings, policy workshops and tutorials are all welcome.

 

To submit a proposal visit: http://dataforpolicy.uk/submission/. The deadline for submissions is January 20th 2015.

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We aim to support public policy research across Cambridge University, working with colleagues in science, social science, the arts and humanities, to apply new thinking to public policy problems and promote research and analysis into the public policy process. We hope to connect and raise the profile of existing public policy related work across the University and support collaborative research that includes policy development in a range of subject areas. 

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