Presented by Penn Law and the Center for Global Communication Studies
October 17th: 4:30-7:30 PM
Reception to follow panel
Gittis Hall 214, Haaga Classroom, 3501 Sansom Street
Edward Snowden’s decision to release reams of information about US and other government surveillance programs has touched off a series of global debates about the appropriate balance between national security, civil liberties, right to privacy, the relationship between government and the private sector, and the ethical responsibilities of businesses. While editorial pages and think tanks have weighed in on these topics in the months since Snowden’s revelations have come to light, the academy has a unique perspective, and even responsibility, to consider the implications of the rise of pervasive digital surveillance for a range of disciplines that intersect with these issues.
This 3-hour mini-conference will bring together experts from different fields to discuss what these recent revelations and debates on surveillance mean for a range of disciplines – in terms of scholarship, teaching, and professional practice – in the fields of engineering, law, business, communications, and the social sciences. In particular, the conference participants will explore what kinds of future research agendas should be developed in light of ever expanding surveillance capabilities and the concomitant unease that these programs engender. In addition, participants will be asked to consider the role of higher education in preparing the next generation of leaders to grapple with these fundamental issues in service of the public interest.
Speakers will be announced as confirmed.
RSVP requested but not required here
Co-Sponsored by Penn Law and the Center for Global Communication Studies at the Annenberg School for Communication. Made possible by the Provost’s Global Engagement