Oct 2 2015

Declassification in the Age of Big Data

Lehman Suite for American History, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs
Past Event


  • 8:30-9:00     Breakfast
  • 9:00-9:15     Introductions and Overview
    • History Lab: From the Declassification Engine to Archives Without Borders
    • Matt Connelly
  • 9:15-9:45     Government Accountability in the Digital Age: A Global Challenge
    • Michael Moss
  • 9:45-10:15     British Research on Technology-Assisted Sensitivity Review
    • Tim Gollins
  • Break
  • 10:30-11:00   What Can Data Scientists Learn from the History of Restricted Data?
    • Alex Wellerstein
  • 11:00-11:45   The Biggest Bottleneck in the Declassification Process: Exploratory Research on a Classifier to Identify Restricted Data
    • Eric Gade, Thomas Nyberg, Daniel Krasner
  • Break
  • 12:00-12:30   How Do We Go Beyond “Proof of Concept”?
  • 12:30-2:00     A Case in Point: The Clinton Email Affair
    • Working Lunch With Roundtable Discussion: David Madigan, Steve Aftergood, Matt Waxman
  • 2:00-2:15      Break
  • 2:15-3:45      The Future of History Lab
    • Matt Connelly and David Madigan
  • 4:00-6:00      Secrecy, Privacy, and the Public Good: Is Open Access to Data Always a Good Thing? A Public Panel Discussion
    • Merit Janow, Alondra Nelson, Jesse Berlin, Matthew Connelly, Duncan Watts 


David Blei - Professor of Statistics and Computer Science at Columbia University

Matthew Connelly - Professor of History at Columbia University and Principal Investigator at History Lab

Laura Deal - Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, History and Public Policy Program 

Max Frankel - Former Executive Editor at the New York Times

Tim Gollins, Head of Digital Archiving, National Records of Scotland

Julia Hirschberg- Professor of Computer Science and Chair of the Computer Science Department at Columbia University 

Merit Janow - Dean of the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University

Victor Kovner- Partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, former Corporation Counsel, City of New York

Daniel Krasner - Co-Founder of KFit Solutions and Technology Lead at History Lab

John McKaskey - Core Lecturer in Contemporary Civilization, Columbia College

Kathy McKeown - Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University and Director of the Institute of Data Science and Engineering

David Madigan - Executive Vice President and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Columbia University and Co-Principal investigator at History Lab

Joshua Mintz - Vice President and General Counsel of the Macarthur Foundation

Michael Moss, Professor, Department of Mathematics and Information Science, Northumbria University

Alondra Nelson - Dean of Social Science and Professor of Sociology, Columbia University

Thomas Nyberg - Postdoctoral Researcher and Data Scientist at History Lab 

Renato Rocha Souza, Associate Professor, Applied Mathematics, Fundação Getulio Vargas

Jeff Ubois - Program Officer at the Macarthur Foundation

Duncan Watts - Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research

Matthew Waxman - Liviu Librescu Professor of Law and Faculty Chair of the Roger Hertog Program on Law and National Security

Alex Wellerstein - Assistant Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the Stevens Institute of Technology and Author and Host of The Nuclear Secrecy Blog

Richard Witten - Special Advisor to the President of Columbia University, former Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees