Catherine Brien: great speakers at our data trust and transparency event

(Transcript) Catherine: Hello and welcome to this week’s Digital blog.

You may have noticed that I am not Mike Bracken, my name is Catherine Brien and I’m Data Science Director here at Co-op which means I’m on a mission to make data a valuable asset that we’re using every day in the business to deliver more for our members and our customers.

The big event this week that you’ll have heard of is our AGM which takes place on Saturday and I want to take this opportunity to share with you an event we’re holding, a fringe event in Federation House, 5.15pm to 7.30pm. The purpose is for us to speak to our members about how their personal data is used to help us shape the most appropriate and best policy we possibly can to build trust with our with our members.

I’m delighted that Jeni Tennison, CEO of the Open Data Institute will be joining us to give a keynote speech and we’re joined by 3 fabulous panelists Jessi Baker from Provenance, Sarah Gold from Projects by If and Richard Potter who’s CEO of Peak, a start up from here in Manchester.

You can still register on our Eventbrite page and if you’re not able to make it in person we will be streaming parts of the event live online so please do look out for the links on our Twitter feed.

Separately, we always use the opportunity weekly to welcome new joiners to Digital and this week we’ve got two new joiners I’m delighted to welcome. First is Nathan Langley second is Katherine Wastell both designers joining us working for Andy Travers. Welcome to the team.

That’s it for now, thank you for listening and have a great weekend.

Catherine Brien
Data Science Director

The data trust and transparency event will be at Federation House from 5.15pm on Friday 19 May.
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2 thoughts on “Catherine Brien: great speakers at our data trust and transparency event

  1. Re: Mozilla July 1, 2017 / 10:12 am

    This was a really interesting event, I watched back the web stream of this. So great to hear about your work, and your collaborators work (esp Provenance).

    One things that occurred to me. You seem to want to align the co-op digital approach to the open values of the web, whilst seeking to be trusted with data. The aim is to create prodcuts, services and data for social benefit. This, I agree, is completely the correct approach for the co-op.

    It struck me that these values and approaches are those of Mozilla (the non-profit behind Firefox). Given that you are (through the Federation) trying to reach out to like minded digital organisations, are they an organisation that you have reached out to? As an example, they’re looking for speakers from organisations which ” respect our safety [and provacy] by default when they build products” for their conference in London this autumn.

    They might be a useful ally, just FYI.


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