The topic for this month is "Should privacy be a privilege or a right?"
A new plan by a Japanese research institute to install facial recognition cameras in Osaka Station is one example of how our lives are becoming more closely monitored by governments, companies and other organizations. We'd like to discuss the impact this has on our well-being, and the degree to which privacy ought to be protected.
For a selection of issues related to this topic, you may wish to listen to NPR's "The End of Privacy", a collection of several short conversations with experts in this field.
Please note that in order to accommodate as many people as possible, we will be holding two events at the same time. If you RSVP and are on the "Yes" list, please meet us at Gonpachi as listed in this announcement. Those on the waiting list are welcome to join the alternate meetup at Failte, which will be described further in the event comments.
1) We will hold the discussion at Gonpachi from 3:00pm to 5:00pm, then move to Failte for more open discussion afterward.
2) If this is your first time joining us, please note that Meetup's map for Gonpachi is incorrect! The correct location can be seen here on Google Maps. Also, information about Failte can be found at their webpage.
3) Though there is no charge for the meetup, please order at least a drink or a snack at Gonpachi/Failte as they have been kind enough to allow us to use their space without any charge.
4) Please keep your RSVP as up-to-date as possible, even if you're updating on the morning of the meeting.
5) Please try to be on time. If you'll be more than 30 minutes late, please consider joining us after we finish around 5:00pm.