Science and Technology Studies Event: “‘Terms of Service’: Limitations on Individual Choice in a Networked World”

Hoboken, NJ

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January 30, 2013. “Terms of Service”: Limitations on Individual Choice in a Networked World

When we use network tools such as Google, Facebook, iTunes, and so on, we habitually "click through" license agreements and "opt in" to arrangements that use customer data in various ways.  In the process, we rarely reflect on what happens to the digital traces we leave.

How do we know our personal information is kept private and secure?  How do we react when we learn that companies such as Instagram decide to change their terms of service?  What kinds of research and marketing activities are companies doing with all of this "big data"?  Why are ordinary users seemingly so unconcerned? And how, in the end, can we create a civil society on the web which would empower digital citizens and help us gain more control?

Please join a panel of Stevens faculty and students for a discussion of these questions.


Michael Steinmann (College of Arts & Letters)


Introduction by Dr. Andrew Russell (Director, Program in Science & Technology Studies, College of Arts & Letters)

Dr. Lee Vinsel (Program in Science & Technology Studies, College of Arts & Letters)

Jeff Cochran (B.S. Computer Science, M.S. Game Design & Simulation Programming ‘12)

Dr. Winter Mason (Center for Decision Technologies, Howe School of Technology Management)

Dr. Sven Dietrich (Department of Computer Science, Schafer School of Science & Engineering)

Comments and Questions from the audience.


Co-sponsored by:

Center for Ethics & Technology

Program in Science, Technology, & Society

Philosophy Club