Chair Values and Policies of Personal Information

New event: The Many Dimensions of Data

International Conference on the Data Economy
June 22 and 23, 2017

IMT - Télécom ParisTech
46, rue Barrault, Paris 13

The digital economy is now "data- driven". Big data, algorithms and artificial intelligence are profoundly changing the nature of competition between firms as well as customer relationship management. On the one hand, new data strategies based on smart connected objects create opportunities to challenge existing value chains and force companies to rethink the organization of their industry. Data accumulation by large companies generate increasing returns to scale that increase demand through targeting and recommendations. On the other hand, big data can improve product and service experience but raise at the same time concerns for consumers. For instance, business models based on advertising are both creating new ways to monetize audience but raise privacy, autonomy and trust concerns.

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Presentation of the Chair

The Chair Values and Policies of Personal Information was launched by the Institut Mines-Telecom in April 2013. Created in partnership with the Imprimerie Nationale, BNP Paribas and Dassault Systemes, the Chair benefits from the collaboration of the Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL), the French Data Protection Authority and is also supported by the Telecom Foundation.

The Chair is a multidisciplinary research team working on the following aspects:

- Legal and regulatory compliance,

- Technical security systems and data,

- Economics of personal information sharing,

- Philosophical accountability and anticipation of the societal consequences.

The Chair is coordinated by Claire Levallois-Barth, Doctor of Law, and co-animated by:

- Maryline Laurent, professor of Computer Science at Telecom SudParis,

- Patrick Waelbroeck, lecturer in Economics at Telecom ParisTech,

- Pierre-Antoine Chardel, lecturer in Philosophy at Telecom Business School.

The Chair aims to help companies, citizens and public authorities in their reflection on the collection, use and sharing of personal information, such as information about individuals (their personal lives, their professional activities, their digital identities, their contributions on social networks, etc.) including those collected by smart objects that surround them (smartphones, smart meters, etc..).

The information provided by the person, or the tracking of their activities and interactions, indeed pose many issues in terms of:

- Social Value: What new services should be provided and how can trust be established? In other words, how do we preserve what characterises a human being, namely the commitment to the principles of freedom, autonomy and accountability?

- Economic Value: how does personal information contribute to the creation of value? How do we to combine public data, private data and business data to develop products, services and innovative strategies?

- Control: who controls or should control personal information? How can we ensure its technical and practical security?

- Regulation: how the information is or should be regulated from legal, economic and ethical point of view?


The Chair intends to study these issues as follows:

The creation of sustainable values, market oriented or not,
based on social and economic innovation,
as well as an ethical societal ownership
and legal and technical security.