[PlanetKR] INVITE - Public LogicLounge with Cory Doctorow - Surveillance Capitalism is not a Rogue Capitalism, part of CAV 2020 - 21 July 2020 - 8am PST - 3pm UTC - 5pm CEST - Admission free - Virtual (zoom)

Mihaela Rozman mihaela.rozman at tuwien.ac.at
Wed Jul 8 17:08:53 EST 2020

We would like to cordially invite you to the 18th public discussion 

in the series LogicLounge on 21 July 2020, part of the 32nd CAV 2020 - virtual:


LogicLounge with Cory Doctorow

Working as Intended: Surveillance Capitalism is not a Rogue Capitalism

Zoom (admission free)

Tuesday, 21 July 2020

8am PST │ 3pm UTC │ 5pm CEST (Vienna)



„BigTech is not about "making things" business, it's a "buying things" business.“ - Cory Doctorow

The "surveillance capitalism" thesis holds that companies spy because data lets them conduct devastatingly effective influence operations while racing past regulators who might otherwise rein in their operations. Cory Doctorow believes this gives undue credence to Big Tech's sales literature -- the source of the claims about the power of behavioral advertising to influence behavior -- while underplaying the role that monopoly and state surveillance play in both the decay of public discourse and governmental complacency when it comes to corporate surveillance.

However, what if Big Tech's ability to command billions for ads have more to do with cornering markets and eking out marginal gains through targeting, with stale data being largely useless for commercial purposes -- but still full of juicy kompromat for greedy state surveillance agencies? 

There seems to be a knowledge gap between technologists, CEOs, and the politicians who should enact surveillance or antitrust policy reforms. To what extent do the free-range BigTech monopolies influence the innovation ecosystem, democracy, personal freedoms, and sense of community? Taking into account growing usage of data-saturated services, is it possible to remain private in public? What are some ways that computer scientists, tech professionals or civil society could be helpful in achieving policy reform?



Date: Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Time: 8am PST │ 3pm UTC │ 5pm CEST

Venue: This is a free, virtual public talk, with live Q&A session. 

Q&A: You can already submit your questions for Cory Doctorow via Slido #CoryLounge 

Website: https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/hcDqC0YK9ycYG2VKhwJiCS?domain=bit.ly 





To get the link to the Zoom room we require attendees to register via the following registration form: https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/75JLCgZ0kVU4Al9rFoi8Og?domain=stanford.zoom.us 


The LogicLounge is hosted by the 32nd CAV 2020, and it will be recorded. 




About Cory Doctorow 

Cory Doctorow is a science fiction novelist, journalist, and technology activist, working as  <https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/rxCaCjZ1nVUZnj82H5YDh_?domain=eff.org> a special advisor for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). He is a former director of Europen Affairs for the EFF, holds an honorary doctorate in computer science from the Open University (UK), where he is a Visiting Professor; he is also a MIT Media Lab Research Affiliate and a Visiting Professor of Practice at the University of South Carolina’s School of Library and Information Science. In 2007, he served as the Fulbright Chair at the Annenberg Center for Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California. His novels have been translated into dozens of languages and are published by Tor Books, Head of Zeus (UK), Titan Books (UK) and HarperCollins (UK). He has won the Locus, Prometheus, Copper Cylinder, White Pine and Sunburst Awards, and been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and British Science Fiction Awards. He co-founded the open source peer-to-peer software company OpenCola, and serves on the boards and advisory boards of the Participatory Culture Foundation, the Clarion Foundation, the Open Technology Fund and the Metabrainz Foundation. Cory Doctorow is also the co-founder of the UK Open Rights Group.





The LogicLounge is hosted by the 32nd International Conference on Computer-Aided Verification (CAV) in memoriam of Helmut Veith. It is organized by Aina Niemetz and Mathias Preiner of Stanford University in collaboration with the Vienna Center for Logic and Algorithms at TU Wien (VCLA).




About the LogicLounge 

The series originated in 2014 at the Vienna Summer of Logic, and is since then travelling between Vienna and the venue of the CAV conferences. LogicLounge features discussions on the “science of reasoning” in the areas of logic, philosophy, mathematics, computer science and artificial intelligence. The recordings of the past LogicLounges with Toby Walsh, Eva Galperin, Moshe Vardi or Dana Scott, among others, are available at:  <https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/WXcMCk81oVHoOn97h9B0XN?domain=vcla.at> https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/EVyWClx1pVU62oxyc1VPcN?domain=vcla.at

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