digitalculturesnews 2015-2016 Mellon Sawyer Seminar on Surveillance Democracies Presents Jennifer Lynch of the Electronic Frontier Foundation

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The Mellon Sawyer Seminar on Surveillance Democracies is delighted to presentour next speaker: Jennifer Lynch, Senior Staff Attorney of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).

Don’t forget, Hacker and Journalist Jacob Appelbaum will be addressing our community from Berlin, Germany via video next Tuesday, October 13th. Please check our website (http://surveilled.us) for more information on our upcoming events.

TOMORROW | 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

Abstract: The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution protects us from “unreasonable searches and seizures.” But what does that mean in a world where the government can use simple, widely-available, and often secret surveillance tools to figure out where we’ve been, where we’re going, who we associate with, and ultimately who we are—all without a warrant and without our knowledge? And how do we ensure we can continue to engage in First-Amendment protected activity without fear that the government is watching and recording our every move? Lynch’s lecture will cover these topics, focusing on some of the new surveillance technologies the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has seen in the last few years and discussing the evolution of courts’ understanding of what these technologies can do and how that impacts the development of the law.

Jennifer Lynch is a Senior Staff Attorney at EFF and works on open government, transparency and privacy issues in new technologies as part of EFF’s Street Level Surveillance and Transparency Projects. Lynch writes and speaks frequently on government surveillance programs, domestic drones, location data, and biometrics. She has written an influential white paper on biometric data collection in immigrant communities and has testified about facial recognition and its Fourth Amendment implications before the Senate Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law. In Lynch’s transparency work, she successfully sued the Federal Aviation Administration and Customs and Border Protection to obtain thousands of pages of previously unpublished drone records and the FBI to obtain new and revealing information about its Next Generation Identification face recognition program. She has been interviewed by major and technical news media, including NBC Nightly News, CNN, NPR, Fox News, New York Times, The Economist, Scientific American, and Ars Technica.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Underscan, the Culture of Keeping Tabs
Speaker (video): Jacob Appelbaum, 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

Open to the Public, seating is limited

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

Open to the Public

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

Open to the Public

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

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 (RSVP Required)

Power, Programs and Paranoia

Food for Thought with Wendy Chun, Professor of Modern Culture and Media, Brown University

Please RSVP to Uyen Le at uple for a copy of Professor Chun’s paper for discussion

Time: 12:00 PM – 2:00 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 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

Open to the Public

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

Thursday, November 5, 2015

*** Event to be Rescheduled

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

Open to the Public

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

Open to the Public

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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appelbaum_2015-10-01.pdf
lynch_2015-10-06-1.pdf