M-RCBG Senior Fellow-Led Study Group: John Fiske

Tuesday, April 11, 4:15-5:45, L-332 (Deland Classroom)

John Fiske will run a study group to discuss the risks and benefits online identity assurance. Starting with the assertion that increased levels of identity assurance are nearly inevitable over the next five years, he will give a brief overview of the findings from his research project, and open for discussion.

If schedules permit, John will be joined by Satwik Mishra and Hugh Grant- Chapman, both HKS students who have been deeply involved as Research Assistants in this project.

John Fiske is the Director of Data Protection at Meta and a Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School's Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government. His work at Meta revolves around a wide range of privacy-related issues, including monitoring and assessing future societal and systemic risks. While at M-RCBG, he is working on a risk framework for online identity assurance.

This study group / discussion is open to all. Registration is not necessary.

M-RCBG welcomes individuals with disabilities to participate in its programs. To request accommodations or ask questions about access provided, please email: mrcbg@hks.harvard.edu

John Fiske head shot, light shirt, white backgroundJohn Fiske is Director of Data Protection at Meta, where he works on a wide range of privacy-related issues, such as fairness, transparency, adequacy of controls, governance and accountability, etc. He has spent his career in the technology sector, in a range of product management, consultative, operational and general management roles. Prior to joining Meta, John was a VP at SAP, focused on data management products, and served as COO for a global business unit. He has also worked for various telecom service providers (Comcast, Cable & Wireless, AOL) and consultancies (Gemini Consulting, CEB/Gartner). He has an A.B from Harvard in Sanskrit & Indian Studies and an MBA from INSEAD. He lives with his family in Arlington, Virginia. While an M-RCBG Senior Fellow, John will explore the tensions between online anonymity and identity authentication. He will be working on a framework for ‘fair identification’, which attempts to balance protections of online anonymity with privacy-protective identity authentication. John Fiske’s faculty sponsor is John Haigh, Co-Director, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, and Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. E-mail: jfiske@hks.harvard.edu