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Saturday, October 19 • 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Technologies of Freedom or Control?

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In his seminal 1983 book Technologies of Freedom, Ithiel de Sola Pool declared that electronic technology is conducive to freedom. Thirty-five years later, we worry that George Orwell’s vision may have been closer to the truth. Shoshana Zuboff’s brilliant work, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, points to how companies like Google and Facebook catalog our every move, emotion, desire, and even utterance, and then sell it to companies so they can predict and control our behavior. We give up the data gladly in return for convenience and the sometimes illusory promise of social connection. Roger McNamee, in Zucked, sounds a warning as he chronicles the optimism he experienced as an early investor in Facebook and his bitter disappointment when it became clear to him that Facebook has a decidedly dark underbelly. This chilling and necessary consideration of the technologies that surround us will be moderated by Meghna Chakrabarti, host of WBUR’s On Point.

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Meghna Chakrabarti

Meghna Chakrabarti is the host and editor of NPR and WBUR’s On Point alongside David Folkenflik and the host of Modern Love: The Podcast, a collaboration between WBUR and the New York Times. As a former host of Radio Boston, she and her team won the national excellence in radio/audio... Read More →

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Shoshana Zuboff

Shoshana Zuboff is the author of In the Age of the Smart Machine, The Support Economy, and her latest, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, which the Guardian calls “what may prove to be the first definitive account of the economic—and thus social and political—condition of our... Read More →
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Roger McNamee

Roger McNamee is an American businessman, investor, venture capitalist, and musician. He is a founding partner of the venture capital firm Elevation Partners, a co-founder of private equity firm Silver Lake Partners, a former head of the T. Rowe Price Science and Technology Fund... Read More →

Saturday October 19, 2019 2:15pm - 3:15pm EDT
Emmanuel Sanctuary 15 Newbury St, Boston, MA, 02116