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How technology designers will dictate our civic future

Monday, October 12, 2015 -
11:00am to 12:00pm

Technology designers are the new policymakers. No one elected them, and most people do not know their names, but the decisions they make when producing the latest gadgets and online innovations dictate the code by which we conduct our daily lives and govern our country. Challenges to the privacy and security of our personal data are part of the first wave of this change; as technology progresses, says Latanya Sweeney, every demographic value and every law comes up for grabs and will likely be redefined by what technology does or does not enable. No one is thinking about how it all fits together or falls apart. Join Sweeney, who is just back from serving as chief technology officer at the Federal Trade Commission and writing a book on the topic, for a session that will brainstorm how to engineer the way forward. Social media hashtag: #AppsRule


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