I'm in DC right now for a one-day conference on Data and Civil Rights, run by the Data and Society Institute.
This is an annual event (this is the second such conference). Last year's conference was themed "Why Big Data is a civil rights issue", and this year's conference focuses on the very hot-button topic of big data and criminal justice.
Needless to say, issues of fairness and discrimination are front and center in an area like this, and so I'm hoping to learn a lot about the state of play (and maybe contribute as well).
This is more of a working meeting than a traditional conference: all material is private during the conference and we're expected not to talk about the discussions outside the event (a la Chatham House rules). Digested material from the different working groups will be posted in November.