iGNITE@2015 - DSCI Kolkata Chapter Annual Conference

Accessibility to Internet and ability to go online from multiple channels like mobile devices either to access information or services is playing a central role in driving economic growth and social opportunities. However, it is important that people can interact and access services in a trusted and secure environment that protects their online privacy. A key ingredient for strengthening trust in a connected world is a user-centric privacy framework that applies to all digital and identity services whether in IT, software, retail, healthcare, government, banking or any other sector. Digital trust matters and users want better transparency and choice over how their personal information is used. They also expect all companies accessing their data to treat their privacy consistently.

This conference aims to bring together leading representatives from a broad spectrum of stakeholder groups to discuss privacy-related issues and ways to enhance users’ digital trust.

The primary focus of the conference would be to answer following major questions:

  • What can be done to ensure users’ are able to access services in private, trusted and secure ways?
  • What are the respective roles of government and industry in enhancing privacy?
  • As a country are we making the efforts in the right direction for ensuring Digital Trust for our users and consumers? What are the areas where things can be impacted locally?
  • How can we encourage innovation in enhancing Digital Trust?

Panel Discussion-I

Security & Privacy in the Era of Internet of Things
Perceived Risks & Probable Mitigation Plans

Most internet-enabled devices are now designed and built to broadcast and facilitate the acquisition of consumers’ data by default. Very often, users are not aware that their information is being broadcast to and shared with 3rd parties, either because the service or app did not notify them about this, or simply because they failed or ignored to read the long terms and conditions or privacy policies. Users may not be able to control these default settings and secondary uses of data about them and their devices. While many companies use anonymized data to realize economic opportunities but also to achieve social good objectives, consumers’ privacy is still governed by a patchwork of national and local laws where they exist. There is also a growing public awareness of online risks and the need to protect identity.

Questions to address include:

  • What are the key emerging challenges of a connected world with advent of IOT?
  • How can we ensure secure and trusted identities online? Is standardization of services and technologies an answer?
  • Is an inconsistent legal framework across countries going to be a barrier for IOT expansion or will create a user loss of trust scenario?
  • What needs to be done to ensure users are able to access services in private, trusted and secure ways?

Panel Discussion-II

Is Privacy Hyped or a Real Necessity– The Road Ahead for 2020?

Through internet-enabled or ‘Connected devices’ the mobile industry can offer huge potential for enhancing people’s lives in exciting new ways, for example helping them monitor their health, improve their education, pay for things with their mobile and improve the productivity of enterprises. Although the ability to connect with apps and services is bringing huge benefits to consumers and societies, this new ecosystem involves dynamic connections between people and things generating and sharing data in real time. Concerns arise as devices and smartphones access and collect information about consumers and their activities, which may then be shared with multiple parties or used in ways that might impact users’ privacy or security often without them knowing about it.

Questions which needs to be answered are:

  • Is the role of companies who collect personal data and role of companies who process personal data going to be different?
  • What has been the experience of key organizations like hospitals, banks when they try to ensure privacy? What risks they perceive if they do not adhere privacy requirements?
  • What are the respective roles of law, law enforcement agencies in enhancing Digital trust?
  • Is privacy by design within technology or self-regulation in industry a probable solution for years to come?
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Feb 15- 15, 2015 | Time: 12:15- 12:15 |
DPSC Auditorium
Sector V Salt Lake
700020 Kolkata , WB