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The Building Blocks of a New Internet

September 25, 2015 @ 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM

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The limited number of free tickets to this event are available only to WAC Members

Google glass, self-driving cars, and more–the “Internet of Things” is rapidly taking over our society and with it comes positives–like government transparency and information access–but also negatives. According to UW professor Philip Howard, by succumbing to this new era of internet we risk sacrificing personal privacy and freedom. Pax Technica is his vision for a possible future–an alternative to the technologies of today–one where people and governments work together to create a more open, secure internet. In conversation with comScore’s Mark Donovan, he’ll explain the downfalls of the rising Internet of Things (political manipulation, control over society) and offer a glimpse at Pax Technica’s promise for a better world.

This event is part of the 2015-2016 Community Programs Cybergovernance and Cybersecurity Series

About the speakers:

Dr. Philip Howard

Philip-HowardPhilip N. Howard is a professor of communication, information and international affairs at the University of Washington. He is the author, most recently, of “Pax Technica: How the Internet of Things May Set Us Free or Lock Us Up.” He is a frequent commentator on technology and politics for the national and international media. He blogs at www.philhoward.org and tweets from @pnhoward.


Dr. Mark Donovan (moderator)

Mark Donovan serves as Chief Marketing Officer for comScore, a global media measurement and analytics company based in Reston, Virginia. Formerly Senior Vice President of Mobile Products, Donovan joined comScore in 2008 with the acquisition of M:Metrics, where he led product development and served as CMO. For two decades, Mark has been focused on social research in the public and private sectors with an emphasis on digital convergence and mobility. Donovan was previously Director of Mobile Services at RealNetworks, and Director of the University of Washington’s award-winning UWired unit. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Entrepreneurship from Loyola Marymount University, a Masters in Public Policy from San Diego State University and a Doctorate in Political Science and Policy Studies from the University of Washington. Mark lives in Seattle.

Presented by: Town Hall, World Affairs Council, and University Book Store

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The Boeing Company is an underwriting sponsor of World Affairs Council Community Programs.

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September 25, 2015
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM


Downstairs at Town Hall
1119 Eighth Avenue (enter on Seneca Street)
Seattle, WA,98101


Ticket Price
Free: WAC Members