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Award-Winning Journalist to Speak about Personal Data and Privacy Concerns Related to Casinos

December 02, 2014

Adam Tanner, the 2014 winner of the New York University Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute's Reporting Award and a former Nieman Fellow at Harvard will speak about personal information and how citizens' privacy is compromised in a talk Thursday December 4 in de Witt Hall at 2 pm.

Tanner's talk, Casinos and gambling: Tales of entrepreneurial genius, deceit, lust, and crime in the multi-billion dollar business of personal information, is sponsored by the Donahue Center for Values in Public Life.

A fellow at Harvard's Institute for Quantitative Social Science, Tanner has been at Harvard since the 2011-12 academic year when he was a Nieman fellow.

His most recent book is "What Stays in Vegas: The World of Personal Data - Lifeblood of Big Business - and the End of Privacy as We Know It." He has worked for Reuters, including as bureau chief for the Balkans and in San Francisco. In other postings he served in Germany, Russia and Washington D.C.

Tanner is now researching the business of medical data. In his latest work, he is looking at the pharmaceutical data/information marketplace and the complex trade in personal medical details generated from doctor visits, hospital stays and other medical treatments.