These are notes from the four lectures I gave at Ladue Chapel in the Spring of 2012.
In the first of four talks about the impact of technology on our society, I’ll start with security. Yes, the Internet can be a scary place, but there are steps you can take to mitigate the dangers. In this talk, I’ll begin by showing you how easy it is for someone to do some very nasty things to your computer & your personal accounts, both financial & social. Then I’ll discuss some of the things you can do protect yourself & your family.
Our society is working its way through some massive changes to the way that news is discovered, reported, & presented, changes that are in some ways as large as those brought about by the invention of the printing press. How is journalism changing? What are behind those changes (the answers may surprise you!)? What’s happening to the music, movie, & publishing industries? Where is it all heading?
Noted Voting Rights attorney Denise Lieberman will be joining me as we examine some of the technical & legal aspects of voting. From assaults on voting rights to the myriad problems with electronic voting machines, Denise & I will show you some disturbing trends, with a few bright spots. If you’re a voter in this election year, you’re going to find our presentation essential.
Denise Lieberman will be joining me again as we talk about the impact of technology on our privacy. In this talk, we’ll look at some legal history that has gotten us to where we are today, & then examine some of the various technologies that are currently used to surveil & watch us. In particular, we'll discuss different ways the government watches what we do.
If you're interested in some general info about the Internet & related subjects, here are a few readings that you might enjoy.