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Research Discussion
Opening Public Registers' Data - Issues and Challenges
Opening Public Registers' Data - Issues and Challenges

Olivier Glassey, Assistant Professor at the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration (IDHEAP)
Monday, June 6, 2011, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Location: CTG, 187 Wolf Road, Suite 301, Albany, NY 12205

Abstract
In many places throughout the world, a population register is an inventory of residents within a country, with their characteristics (date of birth, sex, marital status, etc.) and other socio-economic data, such as occupation or education. However data on population is also stored in numerous other public registers such as tax, land, building and housing, military, foreigners, vehicles, etc. Altogether, they contain vast amounts of personal and sensitive information. Access to public information is granted by law in many countries, but this transparency is generally subject to tensions with data protection laws. Olivier Glassey will discuss these tensions between privacy and transparency issues from a European perspective through proposing a model for data, identity, and privacy management.

Olivier Glassey
Olivier Glassey is assistant professor at the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration (IDHEAP) where he is in charge of the research and teaching unit "Digital Governance." Within the Swiss Public Administration Network (SPAN), Olivier Glassey teaches public management, quantitative research methods, and management of information systems. His current research topics are public registers' harmonization and data governance of population registers, identity and privacy management, open access and transparency, and more generally eGovernment and eParticipation.