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, Visiting Scholar
Thursday, November 21, 2013 The Commons
Coffee @ The Commons, Data & Democracy
1:00pm Wednesday, September 25, 2013 The Commons
with Joachim Schmid, Photographer
Data & Democracy, Idea Café, Lecture
12:00pm Wednesday, April 17, 2013 The Commons
Nancy Baym, Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research New England
Data & Democracy, Film Screening
5:30pm Thursday, April 4, 2013 The Commons
Data & Democracy, Lecture
7:30pm Tuesday, March 12, 2013 The Commons
Data & Democracy, Dialogue
7:30pm Wednesday, February 20, 2013 The Commons
Data & Democracy, Kenneth A. Spencer Lecture
Thursday, February 7, 2013 The Commons
James Moor (with KU Professor Perry Alexander)
Data & Democracy, Lecture
7:30pm Thursday, February 7, 2013 The Commons
Artist in Residence, Data & Democracy
Tuesday, January 22, 2013, Wednesday, January 23, 2013, Thursday, January 24, 2013, Friday, January 25, 2013 The Commons