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  • Tuesday 18th

    February 2020

  • From 07:00 PM

    To 08:30 PM

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The Information Trade: How Tech Companies Act Like Countries & What it Means for Our Democracy with Dr. Alexis Wichowski, Columbia University

In The Information Trade, Columbia University professor and Deputy Chief Technology Officer for the City of New York Alexis Wichowski presents both a near history and a profile of what it means to live a tech-enabled life. This talk will detail how we can both celebrate the ways technology enables us to share the stuff of life – information, data, stories, knowledge, sorrows and silliness, and ephemera – and inform ourselves about what happens to the data when we do share, both with and without our knowledge. Wichowski cautions us against giving up our ability to influence the balance of power between ourselves, government, and tech companies, aka “net states.” This talk will explore how to find the balance between encouraging technology to evolve and ensuring that it does so responsibly. Finally, this talk will examine what it means to be a responsible citizen-user, engaged with and unafraid of the world that we’re building with our tech – and that tech is building for us.

Dr. Alexis Wichowski teaches on government, media, and technology at Columbia University and serves as Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Innovation for the City of New York. Prior work includes the American Red Cross, the US Department of State’s Office of eDiplomacy, and the Permanent Mission of the United States to the United Nations. Outside government, Wichowski has worked in media impact research, information architecture development, academic book indexing, web coding, theater production, foreign sitcoms, and pretzel vending. Wichowski holds a PhD in Information Science from the University at Albany’s College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and a BA in Chinese from Connecticut College, completed in three years cum laude. She lives in Brooklyn with her family and reads science fiction voraciously.

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