JupyterCon 2023

Jack Fitzsimons

Jack leads the technology development at Oblivious, a Dublin-based technology startup focused on privacy-enhancing technologies. He holds a DPhil from the University of Oxford, and has worked on a wide range of data-centric challenges in industry; from topics in computer vision at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to quantitative data analysis at ElectroRoute, the European energy trading subsidiary of Mitsubishi. Jack has been an active member of the UN's Privacy-Preserving Technologies Task Team since 2020 and the UN PET Lab since its inception.

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Eyes-off data science: a transparently opaque framework for data processing
Jack Fitzsimons

Did you ever notice that the most important and impactful data sources are inherently sensitive in nature - from healthcare to finance. Even seemingly banal information like your commuting patterns, purchasing habits or insurance reimbursements, can tell a nuanced story of who you are and how you can be influenced. This causes a headache for the honest data scientist who is interested in big picture analytics, not spy-stats.

Fortunately, there has been a huge movement over the past 10-15 years to create a new type of tech stack founded on the concept of privacy-enhancing technologies (PETs), which act as brokers of trust between data sources and data scientists.

In this talk we will give an overview of how we have been building (and today launching) a new python framework, which integrates directly with Jupyter via a backend extension, to make using PETs trivial in the day to day functions of a data scientist. We call it Antigranular.

We expect this project to be a long term endeavour and if you are interested in privacy, confidentiality, security and, of course, data science we would encourage you to get involved.

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