Jaron Lanier, “How the Internet Failed and How to Recreate It”
Baskin Ethics Lecture
Monday, October 29, 7pm | Music Recital Hall
The internet as it exists might destroy our world. In the developed countries, its arrival has corresponded to bizarre political dysfunction, while in the developing world, ethnic rivalries that had been waning have been re-ignited in the most grotesque fashion. It wasn’t supposed to be this way.
Our year-long discussion of Data and Democracy kicks off with Jaron Lanier—computer scientist, composer, artist, author, and internet pioneer—on Monday, October 29 at the Peggy Downes Baskin Ethics Lecture.
This event is past. A video recording will be available soon.
Questions that Matter: Data and Democracy
Tuesday, January 29 | Kuumbwa Jazz Center
As our society navigates shifting definitions of fake news, targeted ad programs, and compromised voting systems, it is essential that we work to understand the complex and often obscured relationship between data and democracy. As technology increasingly shapes our habits and defines our access to knowledge, it is more important than ever that we understand how we got here and work to imagine a more inclusive, open, and transparent future.
Join Pranav Anand (Linguistics) and Lise Getoor (Computer Science) for a conversation about Data and Democracy. Nathaniel Deutsch (Director, THI) will moderate.
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Safiya Noble, Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism
Tuesday, February 12, 7pm | Kresge Town Hall
The landscape of information is rapidly shifting as new imperatives and demands push to the fore increasing investment in digital technologies. Yet, critical information scholars continue to demonstrate how digital technology and its narratives are shaped by and infused with values that are not impartial, disembodied, or lacking positionality. Technologies consist of a set of social practices, situated within the dynamics of race, gender, class, and politics, and in the service of something – a position, a profit motive, a means to an end.
In this talk, Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble will discuss her new book, Algorithms of Oppression, and the impact of marginalization and misrepresentation in commercial information platforms like Google search, as well as the implications for public information needs.
This talk is co-sponsored by Kresge College’s Media and Society Lecture Series, The Science & Justice Research Center, The Humanities Institute, and the Department of Sociology.
The Hellen Diller Distinguished Lecture in Jewish Studies
James Loeffler, “The Right to Be Heard – Jews, Human Rights, and Global Democracy”
February 20, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
At the Cowell Ranch Hay Barn
The seventieth anniversary of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 2018 comes at a time of crisis for global democracy and growing questions about the liberal international order. In this talk, James Loeffler draws on his new book, Rooted Cosmopolitans: Jews and Human Rights in the Twentieth Century, to revisit the 1948 moment in which modern human rights was born together with the post-imperial nation-state. Questioning the standard narrative of human rights as a postwar response to the Holocaust, this talk will show how the rise of human rights represented a forgotten marriage between nationalism and internationalism, which raised new challenges and opportunities for minorities and stateless peoples to find justice in the global legal order.
James Loeffler is Jay Berkowitz Professor of Jewish History at the University of Virginia.
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