This workshop report, the second in a series, identifies selected questions and explores issues around the meaning of “public” in the context of using data about individuals for research purposes.
The Berkman Klein Center has long been home to a number of cross-disciplinary initiatives that investigate privacy and privacy-relevant questions in the digitally networked environment. We offer research, resources, workshops, and other outputs focused on key privacy issues, aiming to pinpoint novel solutions to privacy problems that reconcile technological, legal, political, economic, and behavioral tensions and maximize capacity for innovative and effective uses of data and communications. Our most recent work in the privacy space includes the Student Privacy Initiative, the Youth and Online Privacy Initiative, and the Privacy Tools for Sharing Research Data project.
Each of our efforts builds upon engagement with and outreach to diverse stakeholders for whom privacy questions are particularly relevant, including educators, policy makers, industry representatives, advocates, and other scholars. This interdisciplinary, multi-stakeholder model empowers our team to surface, identify, and analyze critical emerging questions and challenges, to support efforts to promote and preserve privacy rights, and to design and implement practical systems that allow research findings to benefit society.