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Can Liberty Survive the Digital Age?

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...

Princeton-Fung Global Forum Asks if Liberty Can Survive the Digital Age

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...

Fighting Cyberwarfare

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...

Freedom and Surveillance in the Digital Age

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...

Fung Forum Ends With a Call For Critical Thinking in the Digital Age

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...

Save the Internet with Technology Instead of with Laws

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.

Non-states, Companies Endanger Freedom in the Digital Age

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.

Q&A: Protecting Democracy in a Vulnerable Digital World

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...

Q&A: Striking a Balance Between Privacy and Security

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...

Wide Data Nets: The Dilemma of Catch & Release

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...

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