Event: Sidore Lecture Series Centers on Societal, Ethical Ramifications of Technology

Event: Sidore Lecture Series Centers on Societal, Ethical Ramifications of Technology

Thursday, September 6, 2018

UNH Manchester invites you to join us for the Sidore Lecture Series, an exploration of present applications and future visions of emerging communication technologies. Presented by the Communication Arts and Sciences department, the Series confronts the myriad ways such technologies affect our lives, as well as the societal and ethical ramifications of that impact.

With topics including interaction of social media and business, virtual reality and the effects of video remote interpreting technologies, the world of gaming and the ethics of data mining, the Sidore Series offers participants critical examinations of these technologies and future technological frontiers.

"Emerging Communication Technologies: Creative Frontiers and Ethical Dilemmas" includes presentations on September 28, October 12, October 24 and October 30. Learn more about the sessions and speakers below.

These events are free and open to the public thanks to the generous support of The Saul O Sidore Memorial Foundation. Parking is available in the lots surrounding 88 Commercial Street and the upper deck of the parking garage in front of the Foundry restaurant. Please contact Dana Pierce with any questions.

Film Screening: Black Code

Friday, September 28, 12-1 p.m. | Screening Room (456)


Nicholas de Pencier’s gripping Black Code follows “internet sleuths” - or cyber stewards - from the Toronto-based group Citizen Lab, who travel the world to expose unprecedented levels of global digital espionage. The film reveals exiled Tibetan monks attempting to circumvent China’s surveillance apparatus, Syrian citizens tortured for Facebook posts, Brazilian activists who use social media to livestream police abuses and Pakistani opponents of online violence campaigns against women. As this battle for control of cyberspace is waged, our ideas of citizenship, privacy and democracy are challenged to the very core.

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Video Remote Interpreting - Access or Barrier?

Friday, October 12, 7 p.m. | Room 201


The 21st Century has seen the advent of video remote interpreting—American Sign Language/English interpreting provided anywhere, anytime, over the internet. On the surface, it seems like technology has saved the day—but has it? Join us as a panel of professionals and consumers of interpreting service will share their thoughts on the benefits and drawbacks of this innovation in communication technology.

ASL-English interpreting services will be available at this event.

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The Future of Virtual Reality

Wednesday, October 24, 6 p.m. | Room 201


Jesse Damiani, CEO of Galatea and editor-at-large for VRScout, will discuss the future of VR in both industry and art—how the technology itself is evolving, how the ways we use it are evolving and how its evolution is changing our culture in ways large and small. He will ask us to consider how innovators are integrating emerging technologies (particularly AI, XR, cryptocurrency, blockchain, bioengineering and nanotechnology) in ways that will profoundly change what is possible in American life. Damiani is connected to Boost, a San Francisco incubator where some of the top innovators in emerging technology live and work.

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The Ethics of Big Data

Tuesday, October 30, 6 p.m. | Room 201


This panel discussion will explore the dilemmas that arise when the use of “Big Data” mining and analytic techniques clash with professional ethics and personal privacy rights. A panel of librarians, educators and activists will debate the ethical ramifications of the use of personal data for political goals or business profits.

  • Patricia Condon is the research data services librarian at the University of New Hampshire. In this role, she supports library services that accommodate the growing data management and preservation needs of the UNH research community and collaborates with units across campus to coordinate a campus-wide data services infrastructure. Condon has more than 15 years of experience researching, teaching and working in the information disciplines. She earned her Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and her MLIS and MA in Anthropology from the University of Southern Mississippi. Condon is on the planning committee for the New England Research Data Management Roundtables and is the Treasurer for ACRL-NEC. She also teaches digital stewardship and digital preservation courses at Simmons College and Kent State University.
  • Kevin Healey is an associate professor of media studies at the University of New Hampshire. His work examines the religious and ethical dimensions of digital media. His current book project, Religion and Ethics in the Age of Social Media: Proverbs for an Era of Responsible Digital Citizenship (co-authored with Robert H. Woods., Jr.), is under contract with Routledge. Healey is one of 13 grantees in the three-year Public Theologies of Technologies and Presence grant program sponsored by the Institute for Buddhist Studies, the UC Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion and the Henry E. Luce Foundation. Last spring, he was recognized with UNH's Excellence in Teaching award.
  • Hannah Hamalainen is the geospatial and earth sciences librarian at the University of New Hampshire. She received her MLIS from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. She is the current president of the Geoscience Information Society (GSIS). She is an advocate for data visualization, science communication, geoscience education and developing critical thinkers using information literacy. Her research interests include using remote sensing and geospatial technologies to solve problems in the natural world.
  • Claire Lobdell is the distance learning librarian and archivist for Greenfield Community College in Greenfield, Mass., where she teaches information literacy skills in-person and online. She has worked for close to a decade in libraries and archives including at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, Amherst College and Wood Memorial Library & Museum in South Windsor, Conn. In 2017, she published South Windsor, part of the Images of America series. She is part of the inaugural, 2018 cohort of the Library Freedom Institute, a six-month long program that teaches privacy advocacy skills to librarians.

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