FEATURE FRIDAY: A Conversation on Privacy

Privacy. It is a huge topic that has supporters from every realm publicly making their stance known, loud and clear. There are many reasons for this. First, personal privacy is important to pretty much everyone you talk to. Whether they are paranoid about it, or just would rather not publicize everything they do, all individuals value this to some degree. On the other end of the spectrum, we have security; particularly national security. We are in an age where protecting our homeland and its citizens is the key topic of any political discussion and mitigating these risks revolves around privacy. It’s for this reason that we are excited to feature an amazing event coming up at the end of March: A Conversation on Privacy, hosted by The University of Arizona’s College of Social & Behavioral Sciences.

This event, on March 25 at Centennial Hall, will feature some of the most notable people in the national discussion about privacy right now. The speakers are MIT Professor Noam Chomsky, journalist Glenn Greenwald and former NSA subcontractor Edward Snowden. The conversation is also moderated by Nuala O’Conner, the President and CEO of the Center for Democracy & Technology. As you may know already, each of the speakers has played a key role in the current debate about our right to privacy and government overreach. They will likely discuss how we got here and explore where we are going as a society that values both individual liberty and security. You can even ask questions to be addressed during the event by following this link.

If you want to learn more, feel free to check out this Q&A with the Dean of SBS, John Paul Jones III, where you can learn about the huge amount of planning that went into setting up this panel discussion. The event goes from 5-7pm on March 25 and tickets go on sale on March 11, at Centennial Hall. One thing is for sure, if you are interested in privacy and want to hear from the top people involved in current events, then the A Conversation on Privacy is not to be missed!

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