• Telefónica’s headquarters in Barcelona will host on November 15th the annual DTL event that focus its contents on Artificial Intelligence ethics.
  • The program of the event includes panels, apps demos and the winners announcement of the Call for Tools program worth €50,000.

Barcelona, October 29th 2018.- Telefónica celebrates the 5th edition of the Data Transparency Lab Conference on November 15 at its headquarters in Barcelona. The DTL, created and promoted by the multinational telco to investigate data transparency in the digital environment, has established itself as a benchmark organization in its sector after investing more than one million euros since its foundation in new applications and programs. On this occasion, the Telefónica Diagonal 00 Tower will bring together the best researchers, technologists, policy makers and industry representatives to share the advances in this field at an international level.

During the day, the speakers will present their points of view on data ethics in a panel moderated by Gemma Galdón, founder and director of Éticas Research & Consulting. The session will feature professionals such as María José Rementería, Team Leader of the Social Link Analytics group of the Barcelona Supercomputing Center; Pablo Aragón, researcher at Eurecat and Pompeu Fabra University; Juan Pablo Bellido, editor of the C0munica / Innovación Social group and Elena Poughia, managing director of Dataconomy.

Conference DTL 2018 ENG - Data Transparency LabThe projects awarded by DTL Grants program on 2017 will present the results and demos of their apps at the conference. Among the most outstanding projects, the one by Berkeley University that has developed an application to detect how applications share sensitive data, identify possible location tracking and even price discrimination. Pompeu Fabra University will announce its fair search ranking tool, while Northeastern University will show the app with which users can explore how their data is being aggregated by Facebook and its partners.

Moreover, Daniel Coloma, Technical Director of the DTL, will announce the winning projects of the Call for Tools 2018 Grants. The aim of the call is to invest €50,000 to develop  new privacy and transparency applications that, for six months, will get the technical support of Telefónica CDO professionals to guarantee the success of the projects. The program has received around fifty proposals from more than 17 countries and for the first time, projects from Argentina, Congo, Colombia and Turkey have submitted their proposals. In the commitment to innovation and search for new talent, María José Cantarino, Project Manager of DTL, will present the winning projects of the Big Data and Cybersecurity Challenge of the company’s Chief Data Office.

For those attendees who want to demonstrate their programming skills, Pedro Antonio de Alarcón, head of “Big Data for Social Good” Unit of LUCA, the Telefónica data unit, will announce the launch of a Hackathon to solve challenges related to algorithms transparency and how to avoid biases related to Artificial Intelligence. Alarcón will also address the issue of the ethical and responsible use of data.

The event is free of charge and open to the general public. If you want to attend DTL Conference, please register below: https://www.datatransparencylab.org/es/dtl-2018/program

About DTL

The Data Transparency Lab was created in 2014 at the Telefónica R&D center in Barcelona and is one of the cornerstones of the company’s great commitment to data transparency, cybersecurity and data ethics within the field of new technologies. Under the umbrella of the DTL, most of the best researchers in this area, from policy makers to computer scientists, have developed projects that help users understand their relationship with the companies that handle their data. Innovation and talent overlap in a project, in tune with Telefónica’s commitment to digitalization, which in recent years has transformed more than 60% of its analogue processes into digital in a clear determination to develop new technologies.

The DTL Grants Program allows to attract and foster the talent of young students and entrepreneurs who, since 2015, have benefited from more than €900,000 to develop projects with the technical support of the CDO professionals, thus forming an important shuttle of ideas related to data transparency and security, led by Chema Alonso, the Chief Data Officer of Telefónica.

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