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 retaurant. Please contact Dana Pierce with any questions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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