Invited talks

Feb 8th, 2024 at 10:45 am

Talk Title: Privacy Engineering: Assurance and Trust

Speaker: Nishant Bhajaria

Talk Summary

Nishant will discuss privacy and data governance with the lens of personal stories and data governance. He will speak to how you operationalize tools to protect data and make the case to the board of directors. This lecture is an opportunity to understand how data powers innovation ranging from personalized content to GenAI, and how to avoid some of the risks that could hurt that innovation.

About the speaker

Nishant is an experienced cybersecurity and privacy executive. He has built cross-functional organizations and products to grow B2B/B2C platforms and capabilities while protecting customer data, maintaining compliance and earning trust.

Over 20 years, he has worked with various internal (engineering, PR, product, legal) and external stakeholders (regulators, standards bodies, policy-makers) to fuse engagement and growth with efficiency, maturity and governance.

He has spoken extensively on privacy and security; has taught on LinkedIn several online courses on privacy, security, career management and inclusive tech; he has published a book on privacy and security engineering and also co-authored a paper on the tensions between Covid-19, contact tracing and privacy sponsored by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also a member of the ISO (International Standards Organization) on Privacy/Security and was part of the body that authored the ISO 27701 data protection standard.

Jan 25th, 2024 at 10:30 am

Talk Title: Portland’s Privacy program and Digital Rights

Speaker: Hector Dominguez, Ph.D.

  • Open Data and Privacy Coordinator. Smart City PDX. 
  • Bureau of Planning and Sustainability - City of Portland, OR


Talk Summary

This presentation will explore the history and implementation of privacy policies and best practices in the City of Portland, as well as describing what are the current challenges and future steps of these efforts. The City of Portland has been leading local governments implementing privacy policies that center on people’s needs, equity, and responsible technology.

About the Speaker

Hector Dominguez is the Open Data and Privacy Coordinator at the City of Portland, Oregon and part of the Smart City PDX program. Hector is leading initiatives on open data, privacy, surveillance technologies, and automated decision systems, including AI, in the City. His work includes implementing open data strategies, technology impact assessments, helping agencies to implement privacy and information protection practices, policy development, and designing surveillance technologies strategies and procedures.

Hector is currently coordinating the implementation and public participation for the citywide surveillance technologies inventory and guidance and foundational policies and procedures for automated decision systems.

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