A selection of my recent talks and public engagements are listed on this page.
Discussion on the Governance of Non Personal Data (January 2021)
Medianama (a premiere source for information and analysis on technology policy in India) organised a half-day discussion on the recent revised report from the Government’s Committee on a Non Personal Data Governance Framework for India. I joined the opening panel along with Committee Member, Parminder Jeet Singh (IT for Change) and Subhashish Bhadra (Omidyar Network India) to discuss conceptual issues, definitions and open questions in the Committee’s report.
Building an “Ethical Matrix” for Digital Finance: Beyond Black-Box Algorithms (December 2020)
I was thrilled to hear the incredible Cathy O’Neill (author of Weapons of Math Destruction) speak at Innovation for Poverty Action’s webinar series, for a webinar moderated by the ever-insightful Rafe Mazer, Director of Consumer Protection research project. I joined a discussion with Rafe following the presentation from Cathy and Jacob Appel of O’Neil Risk Consulting & Algorithmic Auditing (ORCAA) on a practical ethical matrix to surface (and avoid) harms from algorithms. We talked about different methods to think about this issue, and some of the problems we’re still just beginning to frame for consumers of data-driven finance.
Limits and Realities of AI (December 2020)
During the 2020 Singapore Fintech Festival organised by the Monetary Authority of Singapore, I moderated a conversation on the Limits and Realities of AI with deep experts Prof Dawn Song (UC Berkeley & CEO of Oasis Labs), Dr Michael Zeller (Temasek’s Head of AI & Strategy), Dr Wenyuan Dai (Founder of 4Paradigm) and Dr Kfir Godrich (Blackrock’s Global Head of Technology).
Responsible Algorithms for Inclusive Finance (October 2020)
As part of the Center for Financial Inclusion’s 2020 Financial Inclusion Week, I joined an excellent panel with data scientist Dillon Gardner (Apollo Agriculture), Researcher Louis Graham (Busara Centre for Behavioural Economics) and Thea Anderson (Omidyar Network) to discuss consumer protection and innovation in a world of algorithmically-driven finance.
Trust, Privacy and Unheard Voices in India (August 2020)
I had the pleasure of being interviewed for the Trust Exercise Podcast, hosted by the brilliant Dr. Katharine Kemp who is leading the University of New South Wales’ Grand Challenge on Trust. We talked about life in Mumbai during the pandemic; financial inclusion and building trust among vulnerable communities; how simply owning and using a mobile phone can affect a woman’s reputation; whether people in remote, rural India really care about their privacy or simply trust institutions to do what’s right; and briefly about what #DalitLivesMatter means.
Building India’s Digital Highways: The Potential of Open Digital Ecosystems (August 2020)
I joined a panel hosted by Omidyar Network India & the Boston Consulting Group as part of the launch event for their report on Open Digital Ecosystems. The report’s vision is echoed in the Indian Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology’s Strategy for National Open Digital Ecosystems which creates huge data sharing infrastructures, raising many thorny questions for data governance in India.