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
7:00pm 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, Idea Café
10:00am Friday, November 22, 2013 The Commons
with Nicco Mele
Data & Democracy, Kenneth A. Spencer Lecture
7:00 pm Thursday, November 21, 2013 The Commons
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
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