digitalculturesnews 2015-2016 Mellon Sawyer Seminar on Surveillance Democracies Presents Cyrus Farivar of Ars Technica

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The Mellon Sawyer Seminar on Surveillance Democracies is delighted to present Cyrus Farivar of Ars Technica Tuesday at noon.

We’re All Being Watched: Local Surveillance

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

TOMORROW | Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

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

Lunch will be provided

Abstract: For the last decade, Farivar has lived in Oakland, California. And since that time, surveillance technology has gotten more widespread and invasive. The city’s license plate readers now exist on 33 different OPD vehicles, capturing the date, time and GPS location of every vehicle seen. Through the public records process, Farivar received over 4 million license plate reader records. Beyond LPRs, Oakland, and other cities, employ the secretive cellphone spying tool known as a cell-site simulator. These devices are employed with little judicial or public scrutiny, in possible violation of the 4th Amendment. The tools that cops are routinely using point to a near-future where we will all have to give up data about ourselves to the states’ drones, facial recognition scanners and maybe DNA collection devices, with little recourse.

Cyrus Farivar is a journalist, radio producer and author. He has reported for The Economist, Wired, The New York Times, Deutsche Welle English, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Public Radio International, National Public Radio, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and many others. His first book, The Internet of Elsewhere – about the history and effects of the Internet on different countries around the world, including Senegal, Iran, Estonia and South Korea – was published by Rutgers University Press in April 2011. He has a B.A. in Political Economy from the University of California, Berkeley and a M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Please check our website (http://surveilled.us/) for more information.

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 1301 (please note the location change)

Lunch will be provided

Sponsored by UC Davis Mellon Research Initiative in 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

*** Date to be Rescheduled (originally 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

Sponsored by UC Davis Mellon Research Initiative in Digital Cultures

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

Uyen P. Le

Mellon Sawyer Postdoctoral Fellow, Surveillance Democracies Seminar

Senior Research Fellow, California International Law Center

University of California, Davis School of Law

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