The Wall Street Journal Hosts The Data Transparency Weekend at NYU

The Wall Street Journal is hosting the first ever Data Transparency Weekend at the New York University. This three-day event stemmed from their “What They Know” series that documented how data is tracked online. Personal data and privacy concerns are both well-debated issues concerning netizens. This prompted the Journal to seek tools to give netizens control over these information.

This free event is open to everyone, however, a selection process will be enforced. Only qualified participants, with background in engineering, product-development or technical research, will compose the lucky 100 programmers to be selected. They will then be grouped into teams where they will collaborate to create free web tools that promote data transparency.

The event will kick off at 6:00 PM on Friday, April 13 with dinner and drinks, and talks from speakers including Julia Angwin, who directed the Journal’s “What They Know” team and who will also lead the event, IT and public policy professor Alessandro Acquisti from the Carnegie Mellon University, Mozilla’s web security and privacy strategist Sid Stamm, and independent security researcher Dan Kaminsky.

On Sunday, April 15, the event culminates with the judging and awarding of the most distinguished web tools. Mr. Daniel Weitzner, White House Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Internet Policy, will give the closing remarks

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