June 22, 2011 - Brian Fitzpatrick on the Data Liberation Front and Google’s Commitment to the Open Web

The Data Liberation Front is an engineering team at Google whose goal is to make it easier for users to move their personal information and data in and out of Google products. This project is based on the key principle of user control: users should be able to export any data that they create in (or import into) a product, there shouldn’t be an additional charge (in terms of costs, but also of time spent) to export user data, and all information required to move these data should be available and transparent. The Data Liberation Front is an ongoing project, since it constantly helps and consults other engineering teams withing Google on how to “liberate” their products.

Guest speaker: Mr Brian Fitzpatrick (Data Liberation Front Engineergin Manager)
Workshop co-chairs: Giuseppe Vaciago (University of Milan -Bicocca) Stefano Zanero (Polytechnic of Milan)

Morning Program (Aula Magna del Rettorato – Polytechnic of Milan)
9.00 – 12.00– Workshop for a maximum of 15 people invited by the scientific coordinator.

Each person should prepare an oral argument, question or position to share with the other participants, analysing the principles of openness and user control that are at the very basis of the Data Liberation Front project and their impact in terms of both privacy and competition.

Afternoon Program (Aula Magna – Polytechnic of Milan)
14.30 – Welcome address by Rector of Polytechnic of Milan
15.00 – Brian Fitzpatrick – The Data Liberation Front and Google’s Commitment to the Open Web
16.30 – Stefano Ricci (University of Milan -Bicocca) – Legal Aspects of Data Control