The one-way mirror: privacy in the digital age
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?
Featuring iSchool Assistant Professor Miranda Belarde-Lewis and Senior Lecturer Annie Searle, and UW School of Law Associate Professor Ryan Calo. Presented in partnership with Town Hall Seattle and the Information School.
Event is open to all ages – registration is required.