[Busec] MIT: "Surveillance and Citizenship" on Thursday, Oct. 27, 5-7 pm, in the MIT Media Lab (Bartos Theater)

Sharon Goldberg goldbe at cs.bu.edu
Fri Oct 14 14:04:15 EDT 2011

This may be of interest...

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From: Brad Seawell <seawell at mit.edu>
Date: Fri, Oct 14, 2011 at 11:21 AM
Subject: Upcoming MIT Commnunications Forum: "Surveillance and Citizenship"
on Thursday, Oct. 27, 5-7 pm, in the MIT Media Lab (Bartos Theater)
To: surveillance_citizenship at mit.edu


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*Surveillance and Citizenship*****

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011
5-7 pm.
Bartos Theater <http://whereis.mit.edu/?go=E15>
MIT Media Lab
20 Ames Street****

Digital technologies have exponentially expanded the power of government and
corporations to keep tabs on citizens. But citizens in turn are exploiting
new technologies to expose the activities of governments, companies and even
each other. How does the persistence and ubiquity of surveillance in our
digitizing world affect what it means to be a citizen? Does our emerging
condition of constant surveillance encourage individuals to curtail how they
speak and act -- or to offer *more* information? In what ways are the new
forms of citizen surveillance and public witness instruments of democracy
and transparency? In what ways are they the tools of distortion and
propaganda for idealogues or special interest? ****


Our panel of three distinguished scholars will engage these and related
questions on evolving notions of citizenship in the digital age. Panelists
include *Sandra
*, a professor of communication at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
who has written extensively on information technology, law and society; *Susan
Landau <http://www.radcliffe.edu/fellowships/fellows_2011slandau.aspx>*, a
visiting professor at Harvard University and author of *Surveillance or
Security? The Risks Posed by New Wiretapping Technologies* recently
published by The MIT Press; and *Marcos
*, professor and artist at the University of California, Santa Barbara whose
work explores the relationship between humans and technology.

MIT Center for Civic Media Director *Ethan
* will moderate.

Co-sponsor: Technology and Culture Forum at MIT <http://web.mit.edu/tac/>***

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Brad Seawell, Program Coordinator
MIT Communications Forum
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA 02139
voice 617-253-3521
fax 617-253-6105****

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Sharon Goldberg
Computer Science, Boston University
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