Is privacy dead? What are our privacy rights? Is it possible to protect our online personas? In the age of celebrity culture and the rapid growth of online communities, personal privacy is under threat. Recent allegations of the U.S. government tracking, reading, and sharing email communications have reignited the debate over privacy and security. How we cope with this new environment determines the meaning of ‘private citizen’ in a digital culture. In this highly interactive presentation, Alben addresses concepts of personal privacy, digital tracking, the concept of ‘celebrity’ and what we are each willing to give up to preserve privacy in the online environment. Enhanced by various case studies, this presentation is certain to motivate audience members of all ages to think beyond the headlines and explore the politics of privacy and publicity in modern society.
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