Carissa Veliz in Interview

Interview with Carissa Veliz – Author of ‘Privacy Is Power’

Carissa Véliz is an award-winning author, an Associate Professor at the Institute for Ethics in AI, and a Fellow at Hertford College, University of Oxford. Her work focuses on digital ethics, with an emphasis on privacy and AI ethics, as well as practical ethics, political philosophy, and public policy.

Carissa Veliz Keynote Speaker

Carissa Veliz is the author of ‘Privacy Is Power’, an Economist Book of the Year. The book argues that people should protect their privacy because privacy is a kind of power. If we give too much of our data to corporations, the wealthy will rule. If we give too much personal data to governments, we risk sliding into authoritarianism.

Carissa has been a member of the Group of Experts in charge of drafting a Digital Rights Charter at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation in Spain. She is a witness to the House of Lords Communications and Digital Select Committee, as well as a member of the High-Level Advisory Panel on Technology and Global Order at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Spain.

Carissa has published articles in The Guardian, The New York Times, New Statesman, The Independent and El País. Her academic work has been published in The Harvard Business Review, Nature Electronics, Nature Energy, AI & Society and The American Journal of Bioethics, among others.

Video Timeline

  • 00:16 – What are the key messages of your book “Privacy is Power”?
  • 02:28 – Is data the new oil?
  • 03:36 – Why does data matter so much for companies? Is it the key to online businesses?
  • 06:10 – Is there a way to avoid giving our data away? How can we protect our data better?
  • 08:21 – Do you think a tax on the volume of data collected would be a good start in avoiding how are data can be abused?
  • 10:23 – What is next for you?


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