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Feb 27, 2014

You can find recordings, helpfully indexed, of 2013-14 faculty workshops at, including the opening event – "Healthcare as a Social Right," featuring Jack Geiger, Dorothy Roberts, and Jeffrey Goldhagen.

Feb 18, 2016

Silverstein Forum, Stiteler Hall First Floor (Accessibility)
Discussant: Chloé Bakalar (Princeton)

All attendees are encouraged to read Prof. Nissenbaum's paper, available here.

AN INCREASINGLY POPULAR ARGUMENT HOLDS that the projected benefits of Big Data requires a shift away from barring the collection of personal information to regulating its use.  Professor Nissenbaum is skeptical about this reasoning, not only because it plays suspiciously well with the dominant business model of the commercial information industry but also because it rests on misconceptions and ambiguities of key terms. Her paper will seek to unravel the debate between those who continue to see value in protecting privacy and those who would forgo privacy in favor of use regulation instead.

Mar 17, 2016

Silverstein Forum, Stiteler Hall First Floor (Accessibility)

PROFESSOR FREELON’S PAPER AND TALK WILL DOCUMENT the initial findings of a project aimed at exploring the roles of social media in the new anti-police brutality movement spearheaded by #Blacklivesmatter. He and his colleagues have brought together a large-scale computational analysis of Twitter data, website link data, and depth interviews to understand how #Blacklivesmatter's uses of social media accord with the latest theories in this area as well as how they compare to other prominent protest use cases.

Apr 14, 2016

Silverstein Forum, Stiteler Hall First Floor (Accessibility)

GABRIELLA (BIELLA) COLEMAN holds the Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy at McGill University. Trained as a cultural anthropologist, she researches, writes, and teaches on computer hackers and digital activism. Her first book on Free Software, Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking has been published with Princeton University Press.

May 6, 2016

Amado Recital Hall, Irvine Auditorium

Panelists include Rena Bivens (Carleton University), Paula Chakravartty (New York University), Mark Graham (Oxford University), Daniel Kreiss (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Lisa McLaughlin (Miami University), Jennifer Pan (Stanford University), Daniela Stockmann (Leiden University), and Zeynep Tufekci (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)