digitalculturesnews 2015-2016 Mellon Sawyer Seminar on Surveillance Democracies

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We are delighted to announce the 2015-2016 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation John E. Sawyer Seminar entitled “Surveillance Democracies?” UC Davis was one of only ten universities in the nation selected to receive the Sawyer Seminar award this year, in support of a series of discussions around the growing issue of surveillance. Professors Kriss Ravetto-Biagioli of Cinema and Technocultural Studies at UC Davis and Anupam Chander of the School of Law, with support from Ken Goldberg of UC Berkeley, will lead a year-long multidisciplinary seminar series to explore the tension between the surveillance state and democracy.

We have the privilege of bringing leading scholars, hackers, and visionaries around the world to UC Davis School of Law to discuss how different applications of surveillance technologies affect international democratic movements, international law, ethical and philosophical questions regarding individual privacy, anonymity, and modes of resistance.

Please join us today at noon for the Seminar’s first event of the fall speakers series, featuring Professor Phillip Rogaway of UC Davis!

TODAY, Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Why Most Academic Cryptographers Don’t Care About Mass Surveillance

Speaker: Phillip Rogaway, Professor of Computer Science, University of California, Davis

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Location: UC Davis School of Law, King Hall, Rm 1301

Lunch will be provided (no R.S.V.P. required)

Professor Rogaway’s presentation weaves together history, examples, and thoughts that might help explain how the character of academic cryptography has been developed into its current form— intellectually flourishing, yet routinely disconnected from real-world needs. In particular, Rogaway will explore why the cryptographic community has been so unresponsive to revelations of mass surveillance.

Phillip Rogaway studied theoretical cryptography at MIT (1991). He was a security architect for IBM before joining the faculty at University of California, Davis in 1994. Co-inventor of “practice-oriented provable security,” Rogaway’s work seeks to meld cryptographic theory and cryptographic practice for mutually beneficial ends.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Monday, September 28, 2015

Everything I Know Will Be Yours: Surveillance in Plein Air

Speaker: Vito Acconci, Artist, Architect, Designer & Professor, the Pratt Institute

Time: 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: UC Berkeley, Sutardja Dai Hall, 310 Banatao Auditorium

Co-sponsored by UC Berkeley’s Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

We’re All Being Watched: Local Surveillance

Speaker: Cyrus Farivar, Author & Senior Business Editor, Ars Technica

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Location: University of California, Davis School of Law, King Hall Rm 1301

Lunch will be provided

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Cultures of Collection and the State of Secrecy

Speaker: Peter Galison, Joseph Pellegrino University Professor in History of Science and Physics, Harvard University

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Location: University of California, Davis School of Law, King Hall Rm 1301

Lunch will be provided

Co-sponsored by the Center for Science and Innovation Studies

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Preserving Democracy in a 24/7 Surveillance Society

Speaker: Jennifer Lynch, Senior Staff Attorney, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Location: University of California, Davis School of Law, King Hall Rm 1301

Lunch will be provided

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Underscan, the Culture of Keeping Tabs

Speaker (video): Jacob Applebaum, Journalist and Hacker

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Location: University of California, Davis School of Law, King Hall Rm 1001

Lunch will be provided

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Regulating the Chinese Internet in the Name of Civility

Speaker: Guobin Yang, Professor of Communication and Sociology, University of Pennsylvania

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Location: University of California, Davis School of Law, King Hall Rm 1301

Lunch will be provided

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Crimes of Terror: The Legal and Political Implications of Federal Terrorism Prosecutions

Speaker: Wadie Said, Professor of Law, University of South Carolina School of Law

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Location: University of California, Davis School of Law, King Hall Rm 2304

Lunch will be provided

Co-sponsored by the Aoki Center for Critical Race and Nation Studies

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Power, Programs and Paranoia

Speaker: Wendy Chun, Professor of Modern Culture and Media, Brown University

Time: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Location: University of California, Davis School of Law, King Hall Rm 2050

Lunch will be provided

Co-sponsored by Digital Cultures

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Working the Stack: Exploits, Topologies, Ontologies

Speaker: Julian Oliver, Artist and Engineer, The Critical Engineering Working Group, Germany

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Location: University of California, Davis School of Law, King Hall Rm 1301

Lunch will be provided

Co-sponsored by UC Berkeley’s Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium

Thursday, November 5, 3025

Anonymous Culture

Speaker: Gabriella Coleman, Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy, McGill University

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Location: University of California, Davis School of Law, King Hall Rm 1301

Lunch will be provided

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Big Data’s End Run Around Anonymity and Consent

Speaker: Helen Nissenbaum, Professor of Media, Culture and Communication and Computer Science, New York University

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Location: University of California, Davis School of Law, King Hall Rm 1301

Lunch will be provided

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

The Politics of Data Obfuscation

Speaker: Finn Brunton, Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Location: University of California, Davis School of Law, King Hall Rm 1301

Lunch will be provided

All best,

Uyen
Uyen P. Le
Mellon Sawyer Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Surveillance Democracies Seminar
Senior Research Fellow, California International Law Center
University of California, Davis School of Law
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SurveillanceDemocracies-Fall2015-print.pdf
Rogaway_2015-09-18.pdf