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Sir Mark Walport FRS FMedSci

Distinguished Lecture Series - Big Data: big opportunities, big brother or big trouble?

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Sir Mark is the Chief Scientific Adviser to HM Government and Head of the Government Office for Science. Previously, Sir Mark was the Director of the Wellcome Trust.

  • From: Tuesday 11 March 2014, 6 pm
  • To: Tuesday 11 March 2014, 7.15 pm
  • Location: Newton building, Main Entrance, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
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Sir Mark is the Chief Scientific Adviser to Her Majesty's Government and Head of the Government Office for Science.

Previously, Sir Mark was Director of the Wellcome Trust, which is a global charitable foundation dedicated to achieving extraordinary improvements in human and animal health by supporting the brightest minds.

Before joining the Trust, he was Professor of Medicine and Head of the Division of Medicine at Imperial College London.

For further details about Sir Mark, please download our online brochure.

Lecture abstract:
The world is being shaped by the digital revolution: the internet of things is upon us; Moore's law has jumped from transistors to data; and the UK government itself is fuelling the information economy as it pursues an enthusiastic open data agenda. A massive increase in data availability is complemented by ever-increasing sophistication of algorithms used to interpret it.

This enables us to derive enormous utility from the data – to buy, sell, communicate, do research, or navigate. But as we engage with the digital world, we are giving out a huge amount of information that other people can use, and our individually held identities are increasingly more difficult to distinguish.

What does the future hold for identity, identification, privacy and autonomy, and what role should government play as we navigate the risks and opportunities of the age of big data?

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Newton building, Main Entrance


Nottingham Trent University
City Campus
Goldsmith Street

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