Power, Privacy and the Internet

The Edward Snowden affair, and the willingness of the US government to violate the privacy of internet communications on a gigantic scale in the interests of national security, have propelled internet technologies to the center of our political, and civic concerns. There is growing concern about the threat to the privacy of the citizen posed by the unauthorized accumulation of internet-based information by private businesses for their own uses.

This conference will look at the role of the internet both as a vehicle of political and cultural dissent and, in the hands of the state, as a weapon of repression and control.

Wednesday, October 30

Welcoming Remarks
Robert Silvers, Editor of The New York Review of Books

Panel I: 2:00–3:30
Governments, Corporations and Hackers: the Internet and Threats to the Privacy and Dignity of the Citizen
Chair: Eric Klinenberg, Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge, New York University
James Bamford, author and expert on the National Security Agency
Alice Marwick, Professor of Communications, Fordham University
Kenneth Roth, Executive Director, Human Rights Watch

Panel II: 4:00–5:30
The Internet and the Future of the Press
Chair: Robert Silvers
Michael Schudson, Profesor at the Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University
Nicholas Lemann, Professor and former Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia; staff writer at The New Yorker
Michael Massing, Contributing Editor at Columbia Journalism Review

Thursday October 31

Panel III: 9:30–11:00
The Internet, Repression, and Dissent
Chair: Suzanne Nossel, Executive Director, PEN American Center, New York
Perry Link, Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Riverside
Wen Yunchao, Chinese writer and internet activist
Amy Knight, historian of Russia

Panel IV: 11:15–12:45
The Internet and the Future of the Press
The Internet, the Book, the University and the Library
Chair: Robert Silvers
Robert Darnton, Carl H Pforzheimer Professor of History and University Librarian at Harvard
Anthony Grafton, Henry Putnam University Professor of History at Princeton

Panel V: 1:45–3:15
The Internet, the Economy and Production
Chair: Philip Howard, Chair, Common Good
Jeff Madrick, Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, New York; Editor of Challenge Magazine
Morten Kyng, Professor of Computer Science, University of Aarhus, Denmark
Simon Head, Senior Fellow, Institute for Public Knowledge, NYU; Director of Programs, The New York Review of Books Foundation

Free and open to all but registration required. To register, please see nybooks.com/internet.

Category: NYR and NYRB and Conference
Scandinavia House
58 Park Avenue,
New York, NY