New Topics in Social Computing: Consent and the Network

Hours: 7:00PM-9:00PM
Cost: Free

This discussion will consider what it means to consent to share data online and to what extent digital literacy ascribes responsibility. In an essay for Model View Culture, Betsy Haibel considers online permissions through the lens of what anti-rape activists call  “enthusiastic consent.” The hidden “opt-out” boxes, deceptive links, and hard to find unsubscribe buttons assert developers know better than users “what their boundaries are.” Often a user is given an implicit deal, for example the tradeoff of surrendering personal data in exchange for free services. Topics discussed under the misleading rubric “revenge porn,” spanning privacy, first amendment rights, extortion law, sex, and surveillance, likewise begin with the absence of consent. Consequently, users may be blamed for a breach in their personal privacy. The women targeted in the celebrity photo hack scandal last August were criticized for taking nude photos in the first place, although Apple failed to secure iCloud from “brute force” programs and online publishers posted these photos without their consent. This discussion will consider user consent as a guiding principle of internet freedom.

This event will have on-site CART (Communication Access Real-Time Translation) service thanks to our sponsor MailChimp.

Panelists: Sarah Jeong, Karen Levy, Alice Marwick

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People: Alice Marwick, Joanne McNeil, Karen Levy, Sarah Jeong