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Privacy in the Digital Age

Date of Event: 
Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 5:30pm
Abstract: 

Legislation, both at home and abroad, hasn’t kept pace with technological developments, leaving some wondering if privacy as we know it is long dead.

The idea of “privacy” has undergone significant changes in the digital age, as has the idea of privacy “harm.” Fearful of British spying, influence and intervention, the founding fathers granted citizens significant protections in the Constitution. Now, the tables have turned: Legislation, both at home and abroad, hasn’t kept pace with technological developments, leaving some wondering if privacy as we know it is long dead.

Some of the world’s largest companies make the majority of their profits from the information they gather on their users. We will explore the impact of “personal identifiable information” (PII) theft as well as the rapidly growing use of mass surveillance technology for law enforcement and other uses. We will examine the personal privacy vulnerabilities in the “Internet of Things” as well as new “smart car” systems and other emerging technologies.

Directions: 

Directions can be found on the map of the Electrical Engineering/Computer Science Building.
Check out the detailed map by clicking the “close up” button.

Room: 

Keller (EE/CS) 3-111 (Look for signs)

This Month's Meeting
Program Manager: 
Megan Graham
Speakers: 
George Welles - Principal and Founder, Imaging Futures, Inc. and a Senior Fellow at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Location: 
University of Minnesota, Keller Hall
Schedule: 

5:30 - 8:00 p.m. at The University of Minnesota
5:30 start for networking, 6:15 start of meeting

Parking: 

Please note the free parking process at the U has changed. Free parking tickets will be handed out in the meeting.

Speaker Bio: 

George Welles is Principal and founder, Imaging Futures, Inc. and a Senior Fellow at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

Mr. Welles spent twenty-two years in the telecommunications industry before leaving to form his own company. At US WEST (now CenturyLink) he managed advanced communications research and development projects as part of the internationally recognized COMPASS Lab and served as an advanced technology consultant to U S WEST and its largest strategic customers. Imaging Futures consulting clients have included a number of Fortune 100 companies plus federal agencies and numerous universities and research facilities.

Mr. Welles is a Senior Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Technological Leadership Institute and teaches in its Master of Science in Security Technology program for mid-career professionals. He has keynoted and moderated communication and technology conferences in North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. He is co- founder of the US Department of Defense Digital Imaging Symposium formerly held at the Air Force Academy.