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, Panel
11:00am Friday, January 25, 2013 The Commons
with Emilio Chapela Pérez, Artist in Residence; Germaine Halegoua, Film & Media Studies; Ruben Flores, American Studies and History; Moderated by Danny Anderson, Dean, CLAS
Art Installation, Data & Democracy
9:00-11:00am Friday, January 25, 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
Data & Democracy, Performance
5:30pm Thursday, January 24, 2013 Spencer Museum of Art, Central Court
Artist Talk, Data & Democracy
5:30pm Wednesday, January 23, 2013 The Commons
Artist in Residence, Data & Democracy, Idea Café
12:00pm Wednesday, January 23, 2013 The Commons
with Emilio Chapela Pérez
Artist in Residence, Data & Democracy
Tuesday, January 22, 2013, Wednesday, January 23, 2013, Thursday, January 24, 2013, Friday, January 25, 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
Data & Democracy, Idea Café
12:00pm Tuesday, September 4, 2012 The Commons
William Staples, KU Professor of Sociology

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