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February 22, 2014

In the digital age, information is power. From the moment users of the internet started entering personal information into online databases, new eras of surveillance and marketing began. This seminar will look at the extent of data collection by the government, political parties, and private businesses, and explore its implications. From profiling to selling customers products that fit their needs, to campaigns that target only the voters who are likely to vote for their candidate, and to the government’s eavesdropping on dangerous threats to security, Big Data offers many benefits. But what happens when we lose control of the data collectors? Or when our personal information is no longer private? Do we really want to live in a world where our lives are transparent, but the information gatherers remain obscure? These questions and more will be explored during this seminar, and the answers may scare you!

Topics & Speakers
Privacy and Big Data: Finding a New Normal in an Omni-Informational World
Benjamin Hayes, Director of Legal Services for Data Privacy, Accenture North America

Yes We Can (Profile You): Political Data, Privacy, and Democratic Practice
Daniel Kreiss, Assistant Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication

Orwell Meets Huxley: The Brave New World of Surveillance
Zeynep Tufekci, Assistant Professor of Information and Library Science

The Meaning of Privacy in the Digital Age
A panel discussion with our speakers

Time & Cost
11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, February 22, 2014. The tuition is $125 ($110 by February 5). Tuition for teachers is $62.50 ($55 by February 5). 10 contact hours for 1 unit of renewal credit. The optional lunch is $15.00.

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Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.

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