Deadline: June 15, 2018


General Description:

As we go about our daily lives, we leave a digital trail of data. Data points from what we share on social media, pings from our internet-connected devices, and purchases from our grocery store loyalty cards together form an alternative digital identity. As companies seek novel and innovative ways to repurpose and monetize this data, individuals become aware of the limited control they have over their personal information and the double life their digital identities lead. This has the potential to upend longstanding notions of privacy, identity, ownership, and self.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Privacy & Information Management (PIM) requests abstract submissions on this intersection of privacy, data, and emerging technologies for presentation at the Symposium Data Min(d)ing: Privacy and Our Digital Identities, to be held in Washington, DC on October 22, 2018. Specifically, we seek original scholarship and/or empirical research in diverse areas including law, policy, medicine, and ethics, among others. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Internet of things

  • Direct-to-consumer products

  • Wearable devices

  • Artificial intelligence

  • Approaches to privacy protection (such as blockchain technology, access controls, anonymization, and de-identification)

  • Machine learning

  • Internet tracking tools

  • Genetic databases

  • Data brokers

  • Ransomware

  • Electronic health records

  • European Union General Data Protection Regulation 

 Additional Information

The HHS Symposium will feature sessions with a mix of presentation formats including 10-15 minute presentations, followed by a question and answer session; roundtable or panel discussions; and keynote speakers.

Submissions must be sent to and received no later than 11:59pm ET on June 15, 2018. Please include the following information in your submission:

  • First and last name, professional title, institution, mailing address, email address, and phone number.

  • Title and abstract (max. 500 words) describing your proposed presentation and scholarship.

  • Publication details for previously published related research, if applicable.

Abstracts will be selected for inclusion in the HHS Symposium based on an assessment of the quality of the submissions, the relevance of the submissions to HHS’s work, and the need to cover a diverse range of topics representing a variety of viewpoints. Presentations may be original scholarship that has been prepared for, previously presented at, or is under consideration for inclusion in other conferences or publications. Proposals that are substantially promotional or commercial in nature will not be accepted.

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