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Reality Mining, the Citizen, and the State. Ben Wizner, Thomas Hegghammer, Hugh Eakin

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Published on Oct 25, 2016

On 20–21 October 2016 The New York Review of Books Foundation and Fritt Ord hosted the conference ‘Technology and the Human Future.’

Full programme and list of panelists here: http://www.frittord.no/arrangementer/...


Panel 5
Reality Mining, the Citizen, and the State

Chair: Jon Wessel-Aas, Attorney at the Norwegian Supreme Court
Hugh Eakin, Senior Editor, The New York Review of Books, Editor of The New York Review Daily
Thomas Hegghammer, Senior Research Fellow at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment
Ben Wizner, Director of the Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, American Civil Liberties Union, and the principal legal advisor to Edward Snowden


HUGH EAKIN is a Senior Editor at The New York Review of Books, Editor of the New York Review Daily, and Adjunct Professor at the Columbia University School of Journalism, New York. He has reported extensively for The Review from Scandinavia and the Middle East.

THOMAS HEGGHAMMER is Senior Research Fellow at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment. He is the author of Saudi Arabia in Transition (2014) and Jihad Culture: The Art and Social Practices of Militant Islamists (forthcoming).

JON WESSEL-AAS is an attorney at the Norwegian Supreme Court and a partner of the law firm Bing Hodneland. He specializes in freedom of expression, privacy, media and civil rights law. He chairs the board of the International Commission of Jurists, Norwegian section.

BEN WIZNER is Director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s (ACLU) Speech, Privacy and Technology Department. He is an Adjunct Professor at New York University School of Law and is principal legal adviser to the US National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.




About the Conference:

With the coming of what we’re calling ‘pervasive internet access’ is there evidence that the quality of our life experiences are becoming attenuated and fragmented, undergoing mutations which point to changes in what it means to be human?

Does the capture, classification and use by businesses of Big Data yielded by our Internet lives have a legitimate role in adding to consumer convenience and choice; and at what point does this ‘reality mining’ bring unacceptable violations of privacy?

Does the combined use of these technologies in the workplace risk overwhelming employees with panoptic regimes of surveillance which may not only be an affront to their human dignity, but also obstacles to human creativity and so, ironically, enemies of the very employee productivity which between them the systems are meant to enhance?

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