Game Changer 7: Privacy, Data, and Right to Self

Richard Lum | 10/22/2019

Who has access to means of influence over your actions and preferences?

All over the world, businesses and governments are building systems to connect data being produced by humans everywhere (with and without their consent), and they are already using it to predict and incent behaviors. There are many risks and opportunities for our health and well-being as these data systems take shape, and their emergence gives rise to important questions.

For example, how do we ensure those data systems, which shape our actions and behaviors, aren’t biased? How do we balance any suspicion around these systems with the fact that some of them are being designed, arguably, to improve public safety, such as to help prevent terror attacks? What sort of consent, if any, should these systems require before using a person’s data? How can business and government use of personal data be regulated and monitored?

The FORESIGHT Futures Scan uncovered 72 trends and emerging issues with the potential to impact the future for health and well-being, and synthesized them into nine major Game Changers. In this week’s video, we explore the seventh Game Changer: Privacy, Data, and Right to Self.

Trends are changes over time that we can already measure.

Emerging Issues are potential trends—they haven’t happened yet, but we can detect faint signs that they could be on the horizon.

Everything we know about privacy, data, and the right to self is changing almost daily. How will we respond? Watch the seventh video in FORESIGHT’s Game Changer Series and share your thoughts and ideas the comments below, or connect using #FutureforHealth and #GameChangers on social media.

Click here for a transcript of the video.

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