Symposia and Workshops

The CITRIS Connected Communities Initiative hosts symposia and workshops on a variety of topics ranging from social and ethical issues surrounding privacy and surveillance to the social, political, economic, and environmental impacts of information and communication technologies.

Inclusive AI: Technology & Policy for a Diverse Urban Future

Co-hosted by CITRIS and Microsoft on May 10, 2017, “Inclusive AI: Technology & Policy for a Diverse Urban Future,” brought together leaders from academia, industry, and government to explore the benefits and risks of AI on cultural, social, political, and economic inclusion in the urban context. Fei-Fei Li, Professor and Director of the Stanford AI Lab; Brian Christian, Author of The Most Human Human; and Ryan Calo, Professor and Director of the University of Washington Tech Policy Lab, provided keynote remarks.
The event was recorded and can be viewed at:

IoT & Sustainability: Practice, Policy & Promise

Co-hosted by CITRIS and Microsoft, “IoT & Sustainability: Practice, Policy and Promise,” brought together leaders from academia, industry, and government to discuss the promise of the Internet of Things (IoT) for managing energy, water, and transportation in the urban environment. The symposium highlighted emerging technologies for smarter cities; raised questions regarding privacy and security; and identified issues pertaining to data collection, storage, and interoperability. Tom Siebel, Chairman and CEO of C3IoT and Melanie Nutter, Principal at Nutter Consulting provided keynote remarks. CITRIS presented preliminary insights from a study of IoT for key sectors for urban planning and sustainability.
The “IoT & Sustainability” event can be viewed at:

Who Owns the Data?

Building on successful conferences hosted at CITRIS, such as “Can Open Data Improve Democratic Governance?” (September 2013), CITRIS co-hosted “Who Owns the Data?: An International Conference on Digital Assets, Data Philanthropy, and Public Benefit” in collaboration with Inria and EIT ICT Labs in May 2015. 
“Who Owns the Data?” brought together data scientists, elected officials, representatives of public agencies and advocacy organizations, and entrepreneurs from the United States and Europe to discuss the social, political, and economic impacts of big data collection. Panel topics included privacy and transparency of big data collection and use, models of ownership and stewardship of public and private big data, and  data philanthropy and corporate social responsibility.
Keynote speakers included Brewster Kahle, Founder and Digital Librarian at The Internet Archive and Francisco Garcia Moran, Chief IT Advisor for the European Commission.
The “Who Owns the Data?” event can be viewed at

Pan-Optics: Emerging Perspectives on Visual Privacy and Surveillance

The Pan-Optics symposium highlighted emerging perspectives on visual privacy and considered the state of the art from a variety of disciplines and professions, including technology, journalism, filmmaking and the arts.
Keynote speakers included Rebecca MacKinnon, Senior Research Fellow, New America Foundation and Trevor Paglen, Artist & Social Scientist.
The “Pan-Optics” event can be viewed at