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Measuring Privacy: Assessing your Visibility Online

A person may not be certain what ‘privacy’ is but they care deeply about it. You can prove this by trying to open a locked stall door from the outside next time you are in a public bathroom. The force of privacy is strong within each of us: we mediate what we say, to whom we say it and where. And in doing so we assert control over what information we disclosure about ourselves and others. But computers have eliminated that part of our humanity – the ones in our phones, our laptops, our cars, our refrigerators and even our bodies are constantly making inferences about us. Companies and governments are collecting that data and it’s being used to make decisions about us every day. So what can we do? For starters, we need to measure this change. Measuring privacy may seem impossible – after all, what does 1 unit of privacy look like? But a change has occurred and change is always possible to represent. This session will explore this topic, share some mechanisms and ideas, and shed some new light on our dystopian future.

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February 27, 2018


6:00 pm - 8:00 pm




SU Wyckoff Auditorium
901 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122 United States


Seattle University Digital Technology and Cultures Program

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