Data Explosion: Societal Benefits and Risks

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Student Center Ballroom
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI

Data is exploding all around us and we are immersed in an oceanic galaxy of information. Internet has changed fundamentally the way we lead our lives. We cannot live without our smartphones and appliances for the conveniences they provide. Just as our personal lives have been transformed by these devices and software/apps that run on these platforms, they are also transforming the way companies operate, governments provide services, hospitals care for patients, researchers discover new drugs and solutions, and universities educate the next generation workforce. There is broad agreement that the size of the digital universe is doubling every two years, a 50-fold growth from 2010 to 2020. While all this data has become the life-blood of organizations and societies, it also presents numerous risks to us all. This one-day symposium provides a rich venue for diverse discussions and learnings about ways to harness this data explosion and its associated benefits, while managing the risks.

"Data" cuts across all facets of society and has become the life-blood that runs all things human and business. At the same time, we are being exposed to an unprecedented variety of risks enabled by these data trails that can undermine and create havoc from individual families to business communities to entire nations at large. Finally, Wayne State is being increasingly seen within Southeast Michigan as the leader in providing answers to these challenging data related questions.

President M. Roy Wilson presents Data Explosion as part of a six-part symposia series featuring topics that reflect the institution's rich legacy of excellence in academics and research. The symposia are held in honor of Wayne State University's Sesquicentennial Celebration. Visit to learn more about Wayne State's sesquicentennial. We look forward to celebrating with you!