Privacy and Freedom in the Internet Age – 16.06.2014

Barely a quarter-century old, the Internet has revolutionized social and economic institutions to an unimaginable extent; and it’s hard to keep up with developments, never mind predict where it will lead. Those who do venture predictions put forward the most diverse set of scenarios : from the cyberoptimists who see in the internet a tool for social levelling and better governance to the cyberpessimists who see in it the realization (a generation late) of George Orwell’s predictions in 1984. Despite the lack of clarity, we’re all called upon to navigate its uncharted waters. In this evening’s discussion, we’ll look at the impact of the internet on social values and institutions, and on the freedom of the individual to live in ways which may not concord with current mainstream attitudes.
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