Through our phones and other personal devices, governments have an unprecedented ability to collect data on our whereabouts, conversations, habits, purchases, and connections. Many are concerned that this new level of surveillance will impede free speech and the ability of social movements to organize.
Illegal groups and networks also use electronic surveillance devices to organize, recruit and do harm. Monitoring these “dark networks” can do much to protect society at large.
Listen in as national experts engage in “Conversations on Privacy,” five pre-recorded discussions exploring the benefits and dangers of the digital age.
The fifth and final conversation, “Government Surveillance: Finding the Right Balance for Democracy,” will be shown in the Arizona Senior Academy’s Great Room at 3:00 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 22).
This program’s conversation features Brint Milward, director of the UA School of Government and Public Policy; Jennifer Earl, UA professor of sociology; and Aaron Brantly, assistant professor in the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point.
The panelists will grapple with how a democratic society can achieve an acceptable tradeoff between individual privacy rights, the rights of free speech, and national security.
The series was presented by the University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and recorded in October and November at Tucson’s Fox Theater. The re-broadcasts are another of the Arizona Senior Academy’s “encore series” presentations giving east side residents a chance to enjoy thought-provoking lectures they might have missed when first offered downtown.
Written by Mike Maharry, Academy Village Volunteer