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Technologies increasingly cause us to be seen – that is, to be recorded, tracked, and identified– whether we consent to that activity or not. Sometimes these technologies are used in ways that are argued as benefits (protection from crime and terrorism); often they are not (targeted for oppression or for manipulation of our beliefs and desires). In this Viewpoints talk, philosophy teacher William Buschert outlines some of the moral arguments surrounding privacy and surveillance. His talk will be arranged around a discussion of philosopher Jeremy Bentham’s notorious “panopticon” prison design (1791) which allows for surveillance of inmates, without them knowing whether they are being watched at any given time. 

Admission by donation; free entry for members and youth 

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Sasktel Theatre

August 29 at 7:00PM


William Buschert teaches in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Saskatchewan, where he specializes in topics related to ethics and technology. He is especially interested in issues related to data privacy, “affective computing,” and the regulation of technologies.