“NSA Spying, Digital Privacy, and Your Rights Online” with April Glaser




DaCKI/ATTLaS Speaker Series 

NSA Spying, Digital Privacy, and Your Rights Online


Staff Activist, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) 

TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 2014, 7 P.M. 

Downey House, Room 113 

The U.S. government, with assistance from major telecommunications carriers, has engaged in a massive illegal dragnet surveillance of domestic communications and communications records of millions of ordinary Americans and people all over the world. Since this was first reported by the press and discovered by the public in late 2005, EFF has been at the forefront of the effort to stop illegal activities and bring government surveillance programs back within the law and the Constitution.

Glaser will talk about two cases in which EFF is suing the NSA for violating the First and Fourth Amendment rights of their clients. She also will consider some of the spying programs that have been revealed since Edward Snowden began to disclose details about government spying last summer. Glaser will discuss what is happening in Congress and the White House in response to the ongoing revelations of mass government surveillance. She will provide an overview of digital rights activism mounting worldwide against mass surveillance and talk about how to engage in the growing movement to protect our rights in the digital age.

New Ways to Map and Be Mapped with Diana Sinton

UVL14157_SintonPosterMapping space and place has become a pervasive and popular activity in society today, driven by the ubiquity of location-based goods and services as well as our growing ability to be front and center in our own maps. Geospatial data enables participatory communicating for scholars and citizens alike, and is creating innovative ways to collaborate in the classroom. Find out why maps, mapping, and spatial perspectives are fundamental to how we teach, learn, and think in our daily lives and the world around us.

seminar: New Ways to Map and Be Mapped

presenter: Diana Sinton

location: Downey House Lounge

date: Thursday April 3

time: 4:15 pm

Diana S. Sinton is one of the most influential proponents of GIS and spatial literacy in the liberal arts. She is currently the Executive Director of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS), and an adjunct associate professor at Cornell University. She recently wrote The People’s Guide to Spatial Thinking (NCGE, 2013). She worked previously for the University of Redlands and the National Institute for Technology & Liberal Education (NITLE). Her interests include spatial literacy and the use of geospatial technologies in higher education. You can find more of her ideas at dianamaps.com and teachGIS.org.

This event is sponsored and supported by DaCKI, ATTLaS, and an Allbrittion Center for the Study of Public Life Collaborative Grant.


DaCKI presents Manhattans & Martinis, II

On March 27th starting at 4:15, DACKI—the Digital and Computational Knowledge Initiative–will hold its second Manhattans & Martinis event. I can report that the first was fun. This is a sort of technology happy hour:  classic drinks, sharp snacks, clever people.

As with the first on 3D printing, our focus will be on showing what we’re doing at Wesleyan.  This year, we’ve launched a few innovative courses in modelling, data analysis, GIS and digital history, and collaborative computer science courses linking CS and non-CS students. Other colleagues are developing additional courses across the three divisions for coming years. These courses are accessible to most all Wesleyan students. We’ll hear about these but we’ll want to think especially about technologies and pedagogical practices that might improve what we’ve done and make it easier for other faculty to develop such courses.

So, we’ll have colleagues from ITS and elsewhere show us new tricks; we’ll take a look at how people are innovating elsewhere, but we’ll also raise questions about how best to collaborate on campus to make digitally enhanced, visually powerful, and computationally precise courses attractive to teach and to take. What spaces, what sorts of collaboration, what sorts of software and in-class support needed are some of the issues we’ll approach. 

If you’re wondering what’s going on—what DACKI is, for instance—come and see. If you have been testing out techniques and technologies in your courses, come and help. In any event, come and have a snack.

We’ll meet in Exley 509A/B.