Feature Stories

Tuesday, Apr 25, 2017, 10:47 am
Vint Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist at Google, and a "Father of the Internet," explores this question, given the efforts to bring the 50% of the world that is not yet online into parity with the 50% already there. Cerf points out: "On the positive side, there are many voices that would never be heard were it not for the amplifying power of the Internet; voices crying out for social justice, economic and educational opportunity. That same amplifying effect, however, gives visibility to deliberate (or ignorant) misinformation, hate speech, incitement to violence, and advocacy of terrorism."
Monday, Apr 17, 2017, 10:52 am
While the internet has undoubtedly been an unparalleled source of information and connection, it also has proven to be one of the most powerful tools for breaching privacy and security. Understanding the balance between privacy and security — and how it affects liberty and democracy — was the theme of the fourth Princeton-Fung Global Forum held March 20-21 in Berlin. About 450 industry experts, scholars and students, as well as 30 reporters and editors from German and American media outlets, gathered to hear 40 speakers discuss liberty in the digital age.
Friday, Apr 7, 2017, 10:57 am
With growing evidence that Russian cyberwarfare technology was used to try to influence an American election, it is increasingly apparent that current computer-security technology is inadequate. Microsoft President Brad Smith, Princeton ’81, offered a solution March 22 at the Princeton-Fung Global Forum in Berlin: a “digital Geneva Convention” to protect the world from a new kind of warfare.
Wednesday, Apr 5, 2017, 1:49 pm
Many of us share our data - on apps, while online shopping, and on home devices. Jennifer Weese of ALEX Berlin questions Fung Forum 2017 speakers, including: Neelie Kroes, Former Vice President and Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, European Commission; Roger Dingledine, Original Co-Developer, Project Leader, Research Director, The Tor Project; and, Christopher Eisgruber, President of Princeton University, among others, on whether our liberty can survive the digital age. Some interviews are in English while others are in German.
Wednesday, Mar 29, 2017, 1:58 pm
On day two of the 2017 Princeton-Fung Global Forum, Tuesday, March 21, in Berlin, policy experts, journalists and academics continued conversations about democracy in the digital age. Thirteen Princeton students attended the Fung Forum and helped University staff with behind-the-scenes responsibilities of producing the conference. Several students talked about the experience on the last day of the event in a Facebook Live interview on the Princeton University Facebook page.
Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017, 1:04 pm
Fake news and unilateral information on the Internet threaten democracy. Many now demanded laws against it. Computer scientist Jennifer Rexford explains why they will not help.
Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017, 12:52 pm
The real danger to freedom in the digital age is the result of monitoring capitalism, writes American Internet activist Jillian York.
Saturday, Mar 11, 2017, 1:56 am
Earlier this week, WikiLeaks released thousands of documents from the Central Intelligence Agency (C.I.A.), revealing the group’s powerful cyberspying capabilities. How concerned should the country be about government surveillance? In such a vulnerable digital world, how can consumers protect privacy, liberty and democracy? In this Q&A, Joel R. Reidenberg, a panelist at the upcoming Princeton-Fung Global Forum, addresses some of today’s top cybersecurity concerns. An expert on information technology law and policy, Reidenberg is the Stanley D. and Nikki Waxberg Chair and Professor of Law at Fordham University, where he directs the Fordham Center on Law and Information Policy.
Monday, Mar 6, 2017, 1:07 pm
Given the enormous amount of data collected worldwide, regulations must strike a careful and unique balance between privacy and security. In the Q&A below, Martin Eifert, a panelist at the upcoming Princeton-Fung Global Forum, explains data protection quandaries and how different cultures weigh the risks and benefits. Eifert is a professor at the Law School of Humboldt-University in Berlin, holding the chair of public law, specifically administrative law. His main research interests include constitutional and administrative law, media law, information and data protection law, regulation, law and innovation and environmental law.
Thursday, Feb 9, 2017, 12:58 pm
The digital revolution is generating massive amounts of information. And while big data certainly benefits researchers and consumers, it also poses significant privacy concerns. In this WooCast episode, Tim Lee of Vox interviews Princeton professors Prateek Mittal and Matt Salganik about the benefits, risks and concerns related to big data. This episode is part of a series featuring moderators and panelists who will participate in the Princeton-Fung Global Forum: “Society 3.0+: Can Liberty Survive the Digital Age?”

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