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THI Data and Democracy Initative

January 2019

Questions That Matter: Data and Democracy

January 29 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Questions that Matter: Data and Democracy, Jan 29, 2019

Technology increasingly shapes our habits and defines our access to information. As our society navigates shifting sources of news, targeted advertising, and polarizing online rhetoric, it is essential that we work to understand the complex and often obscured relationship between data and democracy. Join THI to explore how we got here and to imagine a more inclusive, open, and transparent future. Part of our conversation about Data and Democracy.     Featuring: Pranav Anand, Associate Professor of Linguistics Lise Getoor, Professor of…

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February 2019

Safiya Noble, Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism

February 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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…

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James Loeffler, “The Right to Be Heard – Jews, Human Rights, and Global Democracy in Historical Perspective”

February 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Cowell Ranch Hay Barn, Ranch View Rd
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 United States
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Presented by the Center for Jewish Studies 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…

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