Data & Democracy

Every day humans are bombarded with an excess of information, far greater than can be processed consciously. With Data & Democracy, The Commons will explore the current state of access to information and the consequences of such exposure. Through talks, Idea Cafés, and other programming, we seek to investigate the ways in which humans create and manage information as well as the ways in which they are bound by it.

Possible questions include:

  • What responsibilities have we inherited in this age of connectedness?
  • What complications plague our access to so much information?
  • What information is actually private?
  • How do our management and storage of information affect us?
  • What freedoms and choices are we willing to surrender to silicon and algorithms?
  • Where do we draw the line when it comes to sharing personal information?

Past Events

Data & Democracy
7:00 PM Tuesday, April 25, 2017 The Commons
Data & Democracy, Idea Café
12:00pm-1:00pm Tuesday, November 18, 2014 The commons
with Maximilian Schich, University of Texas
Data & Democracy, Idea Café, Visiting Scholar
Monday, November 17, 2014 The Commons
Coffee @ The Commons, Data & Democracy
10:00am Wednesday, April 30, 2014 The Commons
with David Rokeby, Artist in Residence
Artist in Residence, Artist Project, Artist Talk, Coffee @ The Commons, Data & Democracy
Monday, April 28, 2014 The Commons
Coffee @ The Commons, Data & Democracy
1:00pm Friday, April 18, 2014 The Commons
with Mark Klett, Photographer
Data & Democracy, Visiting Scholar
4:00pm Monday, April 7, 2014 The Commons
Robert McChesney, Professor of Communication, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Data & Democracy
7:00pm Tuesday, March 25, 2014 The Commons
Frank LoMonte - Executive Director, Student Press Law Center Amy Gajda - Associate Professor of Law, Tulane University Law School Stephen R. McAllister - E.S. & Tom W. Hampton Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Kansas School of Law Moderator, D
Data & Democracy, Kenneth A. Spencer Lecture
7:00 pm Tuesday, March 25, 2014 The Commons
Data & Democracy, Idea Café
10:00am Friday, November 22, 2013 The Commons
with Nicco Mele