Fat Ass Gurney

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image of a stryker heavy duty gurney from NYT

We're such fatasses we're starting to need heavy duty gurneys!

Battlesupper Galactibrawl

An image of the Battlestar Galactics cast posing in the manner of the last supper


Nissenbaum: ?Privacy in Context?

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Link: http://groups.sims.berkeley.edu/podcast/audio/Helen_Nissenbaum_UCiSchool_02Apr2008.mp3

Helen at the front of 202 South Hall with the crowd in front of her

NYU?s Helen Nissenbaum gave a lecture entitled, ?Privacy in Context? at the School of Information yesterday as the last Distinguished Lecture of the semester. You can find audio of her talk here and photos here.


Contemporary practices of gathering, analyzing, and disseminating personal information have placed impossible demands on the concept of privacy. The weight of these demands, in turn, is reflected in norms, laws, policies, and technical requirements that frequently seem to miss the mark, failing to negotiate a reasonable course between unbridled opportunism, on the one hand, and suspicious intransigence, on the other. This talk will present key elements in the theory of contextual integrity, which builds upon structural aspects of social life to enrich our understanding of privacy and its importance as a moral and political value. Allowing context-relative social norms and context-based social values into the scope of analysis enables nuance and subtle discrimination, often missing in other dominant approaches, in modeling and theorizing privacy as well as adjudicating and justifying particular privacy claims.


Helen Nissenbaum is Professor of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University, where she is also a Faculty Fellow of the Information Law Institute. Grants from the National Science Foundation, Ford Foundation, and U.S. Department of Homeland Security have supported her research on privacy, trust online, security, intellectual property, and several projects investigating moral and political values embodied in computer and information systems, notably, search engines, video games, and facial recognition systems. She has produced three books, Emotion and Focus, Computers, Ethics and Social Values (co-edited with D.J. Johnson), and Academy and the Internet (co-edited with Monroe Prince), and co-founded the journal Ethics and Information Technology. Before joining the faculty at NYU, Nissenbaum served as Associate Director of Princeton University?s Center for Human Values and has held fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton and the Center for the Study of Language and Information at Stanford University. She earned a B.A. (Honors) from the University of Witwatersand, Johannesburg, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from Stanford.

Iowa Decides on Paper...

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After Gov. Culver signs the legislation today, Iowa will become the 30th state to require the use of paper records with their voting systems (8 more use paper records statewide without a specific legislative requirement).


There's much more work to be done, of course...

Bye Bye, Beardy

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Me without a beard or sideburns, for the first time since 1993 (15 years)

No more beard for a while, I suppose. I've had a beard or sideburns since 1993, even when I had a shaved head. Srsly.

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