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POSTPONED: Think & Drink – The One-Way Mirror: Privacy in the Internet Age

Event Description

*Due to precautions related to COVID-19, Humanities Washington has postponed this event. We’re sorry for any inconvenience. The event will now take place on June 24, 2020. View our rescheduled event.*

We’re filling our houses with microphones. We’re downloading apps that collect sensitive health data. We give social media platforms everything from pictures of ourselves and our children to data on our moods, preferences, and locations. If you’re using certain apps, Facebook even knows your heart rate and menstrual cycles. And much of all this data is being sold to third parties we may not even know exist.

Is privacy dead, and if so, does anyone really care? Though most of us express concerns about our data, we click “accept” on any terms of service that pop up, and Facebook and other platforms continue to add new users year after year.

Join nonprofit Humanities Washington for a Think & Drink event that explores what happens when detailed information about our daily lives is gathered and sold. What does it mean to “own” information about yourself? Are marginalized groups more vulnerable to the consequences of surveillance capitalism? Is lack of privacy just a consequence of getting valuable platforms and apps for free? Have we simply concluded that the benefits of less privacy are worth the risks?

This event features University of Washington iSchool professors Annie Searle, Miranda Belarde-Lewis, and Ryan Calo.

  • When
  • April 7, 2020
    7:30 pm
  • Where
  • The Forum at Town Hall Seattle
    720 Seneca St Ste A Seattle, WA 98101 United States
  • Host
  • Humanities Washington
About Think & Drink Events

Think & Drink events are hosted conversations at pubs and tasting rooms on provocative topics and new ideas. Scholars, experts, artists, or activists from a variety of disciplines participate in a moderated discussion, with a strong emphasis on audience participation. Events are held periodically throughout the year in Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma, Bellingham, and Yakima.

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