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February 2014 meeting -- Tokyo Socrates Cafe

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.

As always:

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.

-The Organizers

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm trying to find Gonpachi using link provided on this meetup page (gmaps) and using meetup app. Both are ridiculous !! I give up. Wish you all a nice time...

    February 23, 2014

  • SAYA

    Hello Mike, I am sorry for last min notice, but my cold got worst I can not make it today....

    February 23, 2014

  • Nobu

    Sorry ,Mike-San .
    I can't make it today.

    February 23, 2014

  • Marc A.

    Asking a simple question (which has probably been asked several - too many? - times already) but why are you guys insisting on splitting the group in two, we all know (by now) that 30+ people show up at every instance of every event, why stick to a first core of "15" in one single spot, and then move everybody else to an "alternative" location. It makes it difficult to invite people (newcomers) to join the meeting since we have to explain in length why there are two locations and define "alternative", etc. Surely this issue has been explained a million times already but お手数ですが pleas do ship the reason again my way if possible, just for me to figure things out! Thanks for all the great work and see you all again on Sunday.

    February 21, 2014

    • Marc A.

      Thanks for the kind reply. First things first, we (ie "me++”) are very thankful for the efforts you put in organizing this. In fact if you had replied something like "Marc if you think you can do better than the current format - why don't you just do it?" you would have immediately made a valid point that would have been impossible for me to refute. Now just for the sake of the argument... I appreciate the complexity of organizing events with 15+ people. Having said that, by splitting the group in various venues (especially on MeetUp with its current shape as you correctly outlined) it almost feels as if the unwieldiness has not only doubled, but that the burden (of the unwieldiness itself) has shifted onto the shoulders of the participants. I am tempted to add that Sunday 3pm is precisely the kind of time where a plethora of shops are completely open/idle to welcome 30 or even 40 guests (if anything I wouldn't even know which venue to choose, just because there are so many out there).

      February 22, 2014

    • Marc A.

      Suggestions for suggestions, how about trying (even if only once just to see how it all feels) to pick a place that can welcome 40 people? The current structure (I find) is a bit divisive, it's hard for participants to follow (let alone to invite a friend once in a while), every time we seem to need to re-explain the concept of the "alternative" meeting (even I need to go over the concept to make sure I remind myself of the issue) and to know whether if we join we would be meeting up with who how when and where, said differently limitations seem to come from reasons that owe more to "this is how things have been done so far" than to issues that anyone can easily rationalize like "the only venue available can only physically fit 15 people". All this to say, I'm looking forward to meeting some of the "core team" guys also one day!, after 5+ times of attendance, I still have to meet with most of them it seems... :)

      February 22, 2014

  • Eri I.

    My spot is up for grabs. I can't go anymore as I have a sudden work mtg:(

    February 22, 2014

  • Tyson

    Are you on the WAITING LIST for this Event??

    The ALTERNATIVE Meetup is OPEN for anyone on the WAITING LIST!!!

    Details:
    Sunday, February 23,[masked]:00 PM to 5:00 PM

    Location: Failte (Irish Bar)

    Map: http://failte.jp/about­­...;­

    Meet at FAILTE any time from 3pm. The discussion will start from 3:10. If you are bad with directions, I will be waiting in front of the entrance to the green bus/train thing at hachiko exit at 2:50 and will leave at 2:55 to Failte!

    Tyson -[masked]

    1 · February 17, 2014

    • Marc A.

      Great - I will also be joining the "alternative meeting" at Failte, looking forward to discussing again.

      1 · February 17, 2014

  • lauren s.

    These days seems like the group always fills up with a waitlist. Is there any chance one of the co-organizers could set up a second meeting same day, another day? for the overflow. I never have a chance to get on the list. :-(

    1 · February 10, 2014

    • Mike

      Hi Lauren,

      Per the bolded part of the announcement, there will be an alternate event held at the same time. Tyson should be posting a confirmation later, but the basic plan is to meet at Failte from 3pm.

      3 · February 10, 2014

    • lauren s.

      thanks! missed it.

      1 · February 11, 2014

  • Marc A.

    Looking forward to meeting everyone again. Talk very soon.

    1 · February 10, 2014

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