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National Archives Presents McGowan Forum: The Challenge of Big Data

October 5, 2017

WASHINGTON – The National Archives and the National Archives Foundation will host the second annual McGowan Forum on Ethics on Thursday, October 26, at 7 p.m. at the National Archives Museum. The program, “The Challenge of Big Data,” examines the ethical responsibility of those who compile and track citizens’ personal data, and the role corporations and governments have to protect their customers and to maintain transparency regarding possible data hacks.

This program is free to the public, but reservations are recommended and can be made online. For those without reservations, seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors to the building will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the program. The event will be live streamed on YouTube. 

Credentialed members of the media interested in attending should email:

WHAT:             “The Challenge of Big Data” panel discussion

WHO:               Panelists will include:

  • John Verdi, Vice President of Policy at Future of Privacy Forum
  • Marc DaCosta, Co-founder and Chairman of Enigma
  • Neil Chilson, Acting Chief Technologist, Federal Trade Commission

WHEN:             Thursday, October 26, at 7 p.m

WHERE:           William G. McGowan Theater, National Archives Building

The National Archives Building in Washington, DC, is Metro accessible on the Yellow and Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial station. For upcoming programs, visit the Calendar of Events online:

The McGowan Theater and its public programming are made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation through the support of the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund.


About the National Archives: The National Archives and Records Administration is an independent federal agency that serves American democracy by safeguarding and preserving the records of our Government, so people can discover, use, and learn from this documentary heritage. The National Archives ensures continuing access to the essential documentation of the rights of American citizens and the actions of their government. From the Declaration of Independence to accounts of ordinary Americans, the holdings of the National Archives directly touch the lives of millions of people. The agency supports democracy, promotes civic education, and facilitates historical understanding of our national experience. The National Archives carries out its mission through a nationwide network of archives, records centers, and Presidential Libraries, and on the Internet at

About the National Archives Foundation: The National Archives Foundation is an independent nonprofit that increases public awareness of the National Archives, inspires a deeper appreciation of our country’s heritage, and encourages citizen engagement in our democracy. The Foundation generates financial and creative support for National Archives exhibitions, public programs, and educational initiatives, introducing America’s records to people around the U.S. and the world. Learn more at

The National Archives Museum, created by the National Archives in partnership with the National Archives Foundation, has transformed the visitor experience and includes the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom, the David M. Rubenstein Gallery and its Records of Rights permanent exhibition, the award-winning Public Vaults permanent gallery, the William G. McGowan Theater, the Lawrence F. O’Brien Gallery for special exhibits, the Boeing Learning Center, the Digital Vaults online exhibit, and the DocsTeach website.