Public Forum: Metadata in the Networked Society

When: 5–6:30pm Thursday 14 May
Where: Auditorium, Kenneth Myer Building, 30 Royal Parade, Parkville, the University of Melbourne [view map]
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What exactly is metadata?

A panel of experts will define metadata, explore its uses and probe its limitations at the MNSI’s Public Forum, providing a unique opportunity to critically examine the role of metadata in fashioning the networked society. Metadata, which refers to information about data rather than the data itself, is currently a contentious topic within Australia, following the Commonwealth’s Metadata Retention Scheme. Yet, this plan represents only a single application of metadata. Considering the emerging Internet of Things, mobile metadata could be used to monitor and manage the flow of traffic in the city. Carefully considering the use and access of this data in relation to security, privacy and exploitation is critical.

Panelists, including Professor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Thas Nirmalathas, invite you to contribute questions which will form the basis of the panel discussion.

This public lecture also marks the official launch of The Melbourne Networked Society Institute, a new centre aiming to catalyse interdisciplinary research on the connectivity between people, and places and things. Given the potential of the networked society to transform both our current technological and social landscape, this new Institute lies at the core of many potential solutions to societal problems to improve quality of life, efficiency and sustainability.