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Technology, Privacy, Freedom & Ethics Debate

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Austin Central Library, Austin Public Library

710 West Cesar Chavez Street

Austin, TX 78701

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The Austin Forum on Technology & Society

in partnership with Austin Public Library presents

Technology, Privacy, Freedom, & Ethics

A debate moderated by Sherri Greenberg SLBJ School of Public Affairs - UT Austin

5:15 pm — Check-in and refreshments

6:00 pm – Doors open for seating
6:15 pm – Presentation
7:30 pm – Networking

Our world is increasingly digital and connected, and data is being produced at extraordinary, exponentially increasing rates. As a result, data analytics and artificial intelligence are enabling improvements in everything from product design to business operations, from customer experiences to civic engagement. And new societal transformations powered by data and analytics on the horizon, including autonomous vehicles, and smart and safe buildings and cities. However, with growing concerns around personal privacy, data security, and the power of influence that the data provides, many are wondering what the future holds for our society. Can our governance structures—laws, ordinances, policies, procedures, and even cultural norms—evolve rapidly enough? What is the balance between social good and potential risks and dangers? Join us as we address these concerns by hosting a debate with technology and policy leaders with wide ranging perspectives to talk about the implications of data, personal privacy, and ethics of new technologies that will shape our future

Admission to the Austin Forum is always free. Free street parking is available on Tuesdays!


The Austin Forum accepts donations of used cell phones and smartphones at all our events. All devices will have a factory reset and be set up as new by the team at Austin Pathways’ nationally-recognized “Unlocking the Connection” initiative, which will connect every public housing resident with a digital device, digital literacy training, and a free or very low-cost internet connection. Your donated phone can change lives and help close Austin's digital divide, thanks to Austin Pathways.


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