IDSE Seminar Series Event
Date: May 07, 2013 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm EDT
Location: 412 Schapiro CEPSR (Davis Auditorium)
Contact: For further information regarding this event, please contact Lauren Mazurowski by sending email to lm2963@columbia.edu .
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Topic: Ecological Ethics: How Not to Be Evil When Data-Mining
Guest Speaker: Eben Moglen
Professor of Law, Columbia University



 Abstract: Destruction of personal privacy is the first global ecological crisis of the digital era. Predictive modeling of human behavior, combined with pervasive surveillance of network interaction, provides tools for the maintenance of despotism unique in human history. All political freedom now depends on restoring privacy and anonymity to the network.
Data Science promises to aid fundamental breakthroughs in every aspect of the human and social sciences. Soon we will be reconsidering everything we think we know about human social action and advancing on every front in our comprehension of society.
In this talk, I consider the normative responsibility of scientists pursuing research and coordinating with both profit driven and government entities at the intersection of the two preceding propositions.