Apr 7, 2020
Town Hall Seattle and Humanities Washington present
(cancelled) Think & Drink: The One-Way Mirror
Privacy in the Internet Age
Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 7:30PM

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The Forum
1119 8th Ave (Entrance off Seneca St.)
Seattle, Washington 98101
Doors at 6:30PM.

Due to complications surrounding the recent COVID-19 outbreak, this event’s speaker will be unable to make the trip to Town Hall. As a result, this event has been canceled. We are working to identify a date to reschedule and will follow up with ticket buyers. If you would like your ticket purchase refunded, please contact us prior to the event at patronservices@townhallseattle.org. However, we hope you will consider supporting Town Hall during this challenging time by not requesting a refund and treating the price of the ticket as a donation. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

In the internet age, is privacy dead? And if so, does anyone really care? We’re filling our houses with microphones. We’re downloading apps that collect sensitive health data. We give social media platforms pictures of ourselves and our children, as well as data on our moods, preferences, and locations. And much of this data is being sold to third parties we may not even know exist. Have we simply concluded that the benefits of less privacy are worth the risks?

Humanities Washington invites us to a Think & Drink event that explores what happens when detailed information about our daily lives is gathered and sold. They examine the current state of online privacy, expressing the explicit and unspoken concerns about what’s happening to our data. 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? Pull up a chair and take part in a conversation about privacy (or lack thereof) in the digital age.

Panelists include: University of Washington iSchool professors Miranda Belarde-Lewis, Ryan Calo, and Annie Searle. The evening’s moderator is UW Philosophy Professor Paul Franco.

Presented by Town Hall Seattle and Humanites Washington.

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