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Social Justice in the Information Society Speaker Series

March 27, 2015

Access to information has never before been easier or more convenient. Conversely, the structures that have allowed technology to make information accessible have also helped to restrict access. Please join us for an event that will raise the awareness of the social, political, economic, technological, and ethical issues surrounding the access to information.

Social Justice in the Information Society is a four part speaker series which will give faculty, staff, students, and community members the benefit of participating in a forum with a highly respected scholar doing critical work in the interdisciplinary field of information science. Invited speakers will be asked to present on the ethical and social justice issues associated with information access and the information society. The speakers will videoconference into the forum and a local scholar will navigate the event. Following the presentation, the guest lecturer and facilitator will participate in a Q & A period so the audience can interact with the material and the lecturer. These events will be free and open to the public and a dessert reception will follow.

ZepNew Civic Spaces
Wednesday, April 8th 6:00 p.m.
Marywood University
Swartz Center, Conference Room B.
2300 Adams Avenue, Scranton, Pennsylvania 18509

More and more of our lives are digitally mediated. This has meant that new players in the public sphere, such as platforms like Facebook and Google, and new methods, such as algorithms and gate-keeping have emerged as key issues. Zeynep Tufekci will touch upon both the potential and the perils of the new civic spaces. The event will be facilitated by Dr. Sarah Kenehan, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Marywood University.

AmmoriThe Net Neutrality Debate
What It Means for the Future of the US Economy,
Lobbying, and the DC Political World
Monday, April 13th 7:00 p.m.
The University of Scranton
Moskovitz Theater, The DeNaples Center
900 Mulberry Street, Scranton, Pennsylvania 18510

Marvin Ammori is both a legal expert and among the top political operatives in DC, who has led the fight for network neutrality and free expression online (such as leading the opposition to SOPA.) He will speak about both the substance and the politics of net neutrality from his point of view as one of the key leaders in DC ensuring network neutrality remains the law of the land. The event will be facilitated by Joseph Casabona, Adjunct Professor of Computing Sciences, University of Scranton.

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