Department of Culture and Learning

Phd defense by Jakob Thrane Mainz

Jakob Thrane Mainz defends his thesis "I Know What You’ll Do Next Summer: Informational Privacy and the Ethics of Data Analytics"

Time

09.11.2021 kl. 13.00 - 16.00

Description

Title

I Know What You’ll Do Next Summer: Informational Privacy and the Ethics of Data Analytics

Summary

This thesis is about privacy and the ethics of Data Analytics. I develop a novel account of what (informational) privacy is, and I develop a novel account of what the right to privacy is. I argue that the concept of privacy is best defined as a particular version of the so-called Access Theory of privacy. The right to privacy, on the other hand, is best defined as a particular version of the rival Control Theory. Furthermore, I explore some of the implications these accounts have for the use of Data Analytics to infer personal information about individuals. I defend the controversial ‘Inference Principle’: If an agent obtains some information legitimately, then it is legitimate for the agent to make any inference based on the information. Finally, I explore a democratic problem that arises due to substantial diminishments of informational privacy, and due to the advent of Data Analytics. In particular, I explain how Data Analytics makes it possible to legally buy a democratic election.

 

Invitation

 

ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE:

  • Associate Professor Simon Laumann Jørgensen, Aalborg University (chair)
  • Professor Kasper Lippert Rasmussen, Aarhus University
  • Associate Professor Reuben Binns, University of Oxford

SUPERVISOR & CO-SUPERVISOR:

  • Professor Jørn Sønderholm, Aalborg University
  • Senior researcher Frej Klem Thomsen, PhD, the Danish Institute for Human Rights

 

VENUE:

Kroghstraede 3, Room 3.114
You can participate in person or online, and it will be conducted in English.

Registration

Registration for the event is mandatory here and the deadline is 7th November. 

 

After the defense Department of Culture and Learning will host a reception. 

Host

Aalborg University, Department of Culture and Learning

Department of Culture and Learning • Kroghstraede 3 • 9220 Aalborg East • Phone: +45 9940 8005 • Email: kultur-laering@hum.aau.dk • VAT no: DK 29102384
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