The Silicon Valley Technocrats
Evgeny Morozov on his new book, To Save Everything, Click Here
Monday, April 1, 2013
Reception: 3:30 pm
Discussion: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Boalt Hall Room 105
As part of its Privacy Scholarship Series, the Samuelson Clinic will host Evgeny Morozov to discuss his new book, To Save Everything, Click Here, The Folly of Technological Solutionism. The Big Ideas flowing from Silicon Valley often focus upon applying some technological solution to the many intractable problems of life. Morozov's new work challenges us to interrogate these technological solutions--is technology adequate for solving the problem? Will technological approaches obscure the political agendas and incentives of the solution provider? Are these "problems" actual problems, or instead could they be attributes of society that give meaning and possibility to a moral life?
Morozov challenges us to embrace technologies that create space for moral operation and deliberation key to a free society.
Evgeny Morozov (@evgenymorozov) is the author of The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom, a New York Times Notable Book of 2011 and winner of Harvard's Kennedy School's 2012 Goldsmith Book Prize. He is a contributing editor to The New Republic. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Financial Times, the Economist, the Wall Street Journal, the London Review of Books, and many other publications. His monthly column comes out in Slate, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Germany), El Pais (Spain), Corriere della Sera (Italy), and several other newspapers. He was born in Belarus.
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Jenna Burrell is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information at UC Berkeley. Her first book Invisible Users: Youth in the Internet Cafes of Urban Ghana (The MIT Press) came out in May 2012. She completed her PhD in 2007 in the department of Sociology at the London School of Economics.
Martin Jay is the Sidney Hellman Ehrman Professor of History at UC Berkeley. His many writings include: The Virtues of Mendacity: On Lying in Politics (2010), The Dialectical Imagination: A History of the Frankfurt School and the Institute of Social Research, 1923-50 (1973), Adorno (1984), and Downcast Eyes: The Denigration of Vision in Twentieth-Century French Thought (1993). His interests include European intellectual history, visual culture and critical theory.
Chris Jay Hoofnagle is director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology's information privacy programs and senior fellow to the Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic. He is an expert in information privacy law.