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Location: Santa Clara University, Charney Hall of Law, Room 103 Register here: https://www.scu.edu/events/?fbclid=IwAR0q87JWjQ6rByUBoTfTNNO39LSFZ14HQa5ETb1uOExex-w5Ax2gduaW71s#!view/event/event_id/79696 From the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/297374894220010/ New York Times tech columnist Kara Swisher will speak on the unprecedented ethical challenges facing Silicon Valley. Many commentators have said that Silicon Valley today faces its greatest ethical challenge ever. But no commentators have been on top of this story as much as Kara Swisher, the celebrated tech journalist who played herself in an episode of the HBO series “Silicon Valley” and whose work has long drawn national attention. The Ethics Center is delighted to have Swisher as our distinguished Regan Lecturer for the[masked] academic year. The 2016 election was a watershed moment for ethics and Silicon Valley. Before then, the Valley prided itself on facilitating connectivity and organizing information as steps in service to social good. But the election revealed an unseen dark heart also at work in this. Russian intelligence operatives gamed Facebook to spread disinformation. Bots on Twitter instantly spread lies to millions. Huge data breaches surrendered the privacy of millions. Even the primary business model of Silicon Valley – you give us your data; we’ll give you the power of technology – has been called sharply into question on ethical grounds. And these are only some of the ethical challenges that have arisen in an industry at the heart of global politics, economics, and culture. Swisher’s talk promises to be a special occasion for the public to reflect on what has brought Silicon Valley to this point and what the prognosis is for its ethical future. Co-sponsored by the High Tech Law Institute of the Santa Clara University School of Law and the Commonwealth Club Silicon Valley. The Regan Lectures are funded by the New York Life Insurance Company in honor of William Regan III.
The ACLU is touring America for their 100th anniversary! This is an awesome two-day, all day long event that the ACLU will be putting on in Oakland (exact location TBD). 12 pm is currently a placeholder since the programming, speakers, and activity highlights haven't been released yet. As we get more details, I'll add a more specific meet-up plan :) Register here: https://www.aclu100.org/location/oakland-ca/ Highlights: A Multi-City Exhibition on Your Rights and Freedoms Engage with the biggest fights for freedom now. Walk through groundbreaking interactive exhibits. Meet leading activists in civil rights. Amplify your voice and connect with others who share a desire to create a more just society.