Nothing to Hide?

Nothing to Hide? - Illusions of Privacy and Security


Friday, June 13, 5-8pm

MIT Museum

265 Massachusetts Avenue

5-7pm: Short performances by the Underground Railway Theater and screenings of film clips from the documentary - Please Remove Your Shoes!

7-8pm: Privacy and Security panel discussion with Catherine D'Ignazio, Sara Watson, and John Durant.

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When was the last time you emptied your pockets and stepped through a security scanner? What were the last words you entered into an internet search engine?


Security procedures are more and more common, and with each year they ask us to reveal more about our bodies and our possessions. Data mining programs collect more and more information about our activities and our preferences. How much of ourselves are we sharing with government agencies and with corporations? Is the safety and convenience worth the cost to our privacy?

In this interactive evening, we will explore the questions of privacy and security raised by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer's installation Please Empty Your Pockets alongside digital art, documentary footage, short live performances by the Underground Railway Theater, and an opportunity for in-depth discussion with Catherine D'Iganzio and Sara M. Watson, moderated by John Durant, Director of the MIT Museum.


Moderator: John Durant, Director, MIT Museum; MIT's Program in Science, Technology and Society 


Catherine D'Ignazio, The Media Lab, Center for Civic Media, MIT

Sara M. Watson, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University

Second Fridays is a monthly event sponsored by the MIT Museum.  Refreshments will be served. Free with Museum admission and for all MIT community members.

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