The JADS seminar series is a weekly presentation and discussion session for the whole JADS community. The sessions will alternate between presentations by JADS faculty and invited speakers who will discuss real-world data science issues.
Active participation is welcomed: you are invited to bring your lunch and discuss both JADS research and applied problems in data science in relation to privacy, law, security and broader societal issues.
JADS Seminar XV:
Digital Keys & Personal Information
by Esther Keymolen, Leiden University.
May 23 | JADS Room | 12:30 - 13:30 hrs.
Abstract: This talk will be an update of Bruno Latour’s well-known case of the not-returned hotel key. Hotel guests quite often forget to hand in their key at the front desk. As a result of this understandable but still irresponsible behaviour, hotel owners are faced with issues of trust. Are they fooling themselves if they keep on relying on the guests to return their hotel keys? In recent years the hotel key has been replaced by a keycard and most recently by a digital key that can be downloaded on a smartphone. Esther will show how, with every step in the innovation process, the trust relation of hotel owner and hotel guest is mediated in a distinct way. The networked nature of the digital key enables the collection of personal information based on which the hotel can tailor its services to the wishes of the hotel guests. While this may be in the interest of the guest it, however, also makes the guest vulnerable as she has only limited control over the data and comes to depend on the conduct of the hotel. The digital key is not merely a key to open a hotel door; it also unlocks the personal information of the guest.
Bio: Esther Keymolen (1982) is assistant professor and educational director at eLaw, the Center for Law and Digital Technologies at Leiden University. Esther has research interests in the Philosophy of Technology, online trust, digital governance, and ethics of technology. Her dissertation: Trust on the Line. A Philosophical Exploration of Trust in the Networked Era has been published by Wolf Legal Publishers. Currently, she works on the role of trust in regulating security online (recent article: Regulating Security on the Internet: Control versus Trust, co-author: Bibi van den Berg) and is engaged in several case studies on trust and privacy in relation to networked technologies. Future research will focus on the development of an ethical framework to ground trust in data-driven environments.