“NSA Spying, Digital Privacy, and Your Rights Online” with April Glaser

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DaCKI/ATTLaS Speaker Series 

NSA Spying, Digital Privacy, and Your Rights Online

APRIL GLASER

Staff Activist, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) 

TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 2014, 7 P.M. 

Downey House, Room 113 

The U.S. government, with assistance from major telecommunications carriers, has engaged in a massive illegal dragnet surveillance of domestic communications and communications records of millions of ordinary Americans and people all over the world. Since this was first reported by the press and discovered by the public in late 2005, EFF has been at the forefront of the effort to stop illegal activities and bring government surveillance programs back within the law and the Constitution.

Glaser will talk about two cases in which EFF is suing the NSA for violating the First and Fourth Amendment rights of their clients. She also will consider some of the spying programs that have been revealed since Edward Snowden began to disclose details about government spying last summer. Glaser will discuss what is happening in Congress and the White House in response to the ongoing revelations of mass government surveillance. She will provide an overview of digital rights activism mounting worldwide against mass surveillance and talk about how to engage in the growing movement to protect our rights in the digital age.

Gary King: Reverse Engineering Chinese Censorship

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On March 6th at 4:15 the Digital and Computational Knowledge Initiative is very happy to be hosting Professor Gary King, the Albert J. Weatherhead III University Professor at Harvard University. A member of the Department of Government there, King is one of the most impressive thinkers and researchers into the social scientific possibilities of Big Data.

He will speak on “Reverse Engineering Chinese Censorship”, a talk that will describe how he and his collaborators were able to harvest vast amounts of data and then analyze and test the effects and policy implications of the Chinese government’s censorship of social network information.

Please announce this talk to your students and try to come yourself.

King’s website

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