CIIR Talk Series: Asia Biega

Speaker: Asia Biega, Tenure-Track Faculty at Max Planck Institute

Title: Operationalizing legal and societal constraints in information access systems

Date: Friday, April 23, 2021 - 1:00 - 2:00 PM EDT (North American Eastern Daylight Saving Time) via Zoom

Zoom Access: Zoom Link and reach out to Alex Taubman for the passcode.

Abstract: Data protection laws such as GDPR (EU's General Data Protection Regulation) define requirements for respectful processing of user data. Many of these requirements, however, lack specific computational interpretations. In this talk, I will discuss our recent research focusing on the GDPR principles of data minimization, fairness, and transparency in the context of information access systems. We propose models that operationalize the aforementioned principles and quantitatively demonstrate some of the practical challenges and impacts the implementation of those requirements might have on the digital ecosystem.

Bio: Asia J. Biega is a tenure-track faculty member at the Max Planck Institute for Security and Privacy. Through interdisciplinary collaborations, she designs legally, ethically, and socially responsible information access and social computing systems. Before joining MPI-SP, Asia was a postdoctoral researcher in the Fairness, Accountability, Transparency, and Ethics in AI (FATE) Group at Microsoft Research Montréal. She completed her PhD at the MPI for Informatics and the MPI for Software Systems, winning the 2021 DBIS dissertation award of the German Informatics Society. Asia's industry experience includes work on privacy infrastructure at Google and consulting for Microsoft product teams on issues related to FATE and privacy.