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  • Wednesday, November 15, 2017

    • Humanities Center: Anita Allen (Lecture 2 of 3) Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm Location: Gilman Hall 208 Details:

      Anita L. Allen is Vice Provost for Faculty, the Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania, and Associate of the Humanities Center

      Privacy Law/Big Data: Do We Have the Rights We Need

      Government and business are “all in” with Big Data. It promises to make government more effective and just, while making businesses more efficient and profitable. “Big Data” Analytics and the Artificial Intelligence they rely on have spawned new concerns about privacy and discrimination. This seminar will describe the roots of privacy law in the U.S., and assess the adequacy of existing law in light of the emergence of communications and digital technologies.  Has big data leapt ahead of the law, leaving vulnerable groups at risk for greater government surveillance, negative profiling and marketplace discrimination?  

       
       
    • Humanities Center: Anita Allen (Lecture 3 of 3) Time: 4:15pm - 6:00pm Location: Gilman 208 Details:

      Anita L. Allen is Vice Provost for Faculty, the Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania, and Associate of the Humanities Center

      Synthesis and Satisfaction: India Gets Privacy

      In 2017, the Supreme Court of India announced that there is a fundamental constitutional right to privacy that bears on whether citizens can be required to participate in a massive biometric data collection by government. The Court released an opinion that was notable for its length, its appeal to and recitation of foreign and international law, and its reference by name to the work of very numerous scholars on the English speaking world.  I argue that (1) the decision is an apt context for considering whether many of the more technical conceptual and theoretical debates about the meaning and value of privacy have been misguided; and (2) that the opinion suggests that old conceptions of privacy in the natural law and national rights traditions are surprisingly serviceable for building a jurisprudence of privacy for the age of digital technologies.
       
       

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