What is Duet about?
Duet is a series of monthly blogs where I interview a guest on topics related to Big Data.
I will be asking legal, ethical, technical, geo-political and even philosophical questions surrounding Big Data today to delve more deeply into discussions about why and how Big Data is changing our present and our future.
To address these burning issues, I will be speaking with guests from a wide and diverse spectrum of expertise.
My wish is that Duet become a forum for thoughtful yet provocative exchanges on the challenges brought about by Big Data.
My guests and I will swap ideas, identify challenges, propose solutions and, in the process, make the subject of Big Data more inspiring and, above all, relevant to our readers.
Why Big Data as a topic?
Big Data is about discovering new and unexpected links, relationships, and correlations between different sets of data. Big Data is poised to provide potentially disruptive innovations in science and technology. It inspires me to think that innovation stemming from Big Data may become the major growth catalyst for our Gross National Product.
What is Big Data? How does it work at the technological level? Which legal requirements exist? How do individuals and society deal with data? Which interventions will be allowed in favour of public welfare and which interventions eschewed for the sake of preserving personal privacy? Legal, technical, economic as well as ethical / cultural issues surrounding Big Data have led me to explore its applications and its potential for innovation.
Informed by my professional background in intellectual property and now active in the field of data protection, including topics such as Big Data and its legal ramifications, my professional life intersects the fields of law and technology.
By means of Duet, I would like to expand my inquiries to include economical, ethical, cultural and social dimensions as they are influenced and shaped by Big Data.
In my Duet conversations I will acquaint my readers with the most important voices of our time from different cultures and countries as well as from diverse specializations.
The complexity of Big Data issues has often been mentioned and is, in my view, due to the differences in national laws, cultures and attitudes. This is precisely why through Duet I will bring in multi-disciplinary and cross-border voices to share their insights with readers and transform complex issues into clear, inspirational as well as thought-provoking topics.
Why are Duet and Big Data important to me?
Big Data can provide new and possibly unexpected relationships between data and may result in new findings and – potentially disruptive – innovations in science.
At the same time, it disturbs our traditional ways of thinking and our established manner of doing things.
I am interested in exploring these new and fresh ideas within a complex context of legal, technological, ethical and economic issues.
Our journey through Big Data will take us through the unfamiliar terrain of shifting ideas and attitudes and will help us expose the current trade-offs between the legal foundations, social and cultural diversity and the economics of Big Data.
I intend for Duet to become a bridge between different views and cultural approaches to Big Data and to build on cross-discipline and cross-border professional expertise to tackle challenges that Big Data poses for society and in our daily lives.
Dr Maria Cristina Caldarola, LL.M., MBA is an experienced IP/IT in-house lawyer at Robert Bosch GmbH with responsibilities at the global level.
Dr Caldarola is a well-known legal expert of international repute. Her specialties include licensing, patents, trademarks, domains, software, data protection, cloud, Big Data, digital eco-systems and Industry 4.0 among others. She has a proven track record of elaborating and implementing global IP and IT strategies to enhance the market position of the client in question and is trusted business partner for new topics, such as open-source software, effective strategies for piracy, Big Data, Industry 4.0, cloud, digital eco-systems and brand creation in management boards. Dr Caldarola is known for providing proactive advice which includes robust risk assessment.
The legal expert is also the co-founder and CEO of CU3IC UG, a consultancy specializing in systematic approaches to innovation, such as algorithmic IP data analysis and cross-industry searches for innovative solutions for SME in the cross-industrial sector and BOP markets.
Dr Caldarola is a TRIUM MBA, a frequent keynote speaker, a lecturer at St. Gallen, and the co-author of the recently published Big Data and Law, now available in English, German and Mandarin editions. Never one to rest on her laurels, she is currently producing a series of thought-provoking interviews with various experts on numerous topics, including the impact of digital technology, data havens, futurism and many others.