WEDNESDAYS @ 6:30PM
OCT 19 – NOV 16
FOX TUCSON THEATRE
With every click and swipe, we can access unimaginable amounts of information online. We also leave a trail of personal data, revealing secrets about our health, habits, beliefs, and plans. This fall, join the UA College of Social & Behavioral Sciences for a series of discussions with national experts who will explore the benefits and dangers of the digital age.
The conversations are free and open to the public, but tickets are required at the door. Reserve your tickets for each event in advance through Eventbrite. Tickets also available at the Fox Tucson Theatre box office on the day of the event. For more information, call the UA College of Social & Behavioral Sciences at (520) 621-1112 during normal business hours or call the Fox Tucson Theater at (520) 624-1515.
From baby photos posted on grandma’s Facebook page to Snapchat selfies, today’s children and teens are growing up publicly online. The unprecedented rise of virtual interactions and access to digital information raises concerns about how new technology is influencing young people and their relationships with peers, loved ones, and the world at large. How is the first digital generation managing their online identity and interactions and how will they redefine “privacy"? How is the digital divide influencing the way kids and parents communicate? What can families, schools, communities, and kids do to ensure safe and fulfilling interactions in an online world?
In the digital world, we leave a trail of photos, videos, conversations, and other information that can be easily obtained and posted online for everyone to see forever. For journalists trying to hold governments and corporations accountable, this information can be helpful in exposing wrongdoing. For private citizens and celebrities, however, the online publication of personal information can be devastating. In the complicated information age, how do we balance the public’s right to know with the individual’s right to privacy?
Companies collect information from customers to provide customized services and stay competitive. Customers too can find high value in exchanging their information for personalized services. But is the data market always a win-win situation? What are the trade-offs you make when you pay for services with personal information? In this conversation, we will shed light on the hidden privacy challenges that new technology-based services bring about. We will also delve into the future of corporate data collection and digital advertising, including facial recognition technology, mobile location analysis, and the “internet of things.”
Your medical tests, mobile health apps, and wearable devices (like fitbits) produce data that reveal insights into your health and behavior. What happens to that data? This conversation will reveal how new and emerging technologies, such as personal wearable devices that can collect and transfer information on your wellbeing, are changing public health, the practice of medicine, and employment and insurance – now and in the future. We will highlight the biggest risks to your privacy and meaningful ways to maintain control over your personal information without losing the health benefits of the digital revolution.
Through our phones and other personal devices, governments have an unprecedented ability to collect data on our whereabouts, conversations, habits, purchases, and connections. Many are concerned that this new level of surveillance will impede free speech and the ability of social movements to organize. At the same time, however, illegal groups and networks use these same devices to organize, recruit, and do harm. Surveillance of these “dark networks” can do much to protect society at large. This conversation grapples with how a democratic society strives to achieve an acceptable tradeoff between individual privacy rights, the rights of free speech, and national security.