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Explore social media’s impact through “The Social Dilemma”

We tweet, we like, and we share — but what are the consequences of our growing dependence on social media? In the documentary film, “The Social Dilemma,” Silicon Valley insiders reveal how social media is reprogramming civilization by exposing what’s hiding on the other side of your screen. Watch it online, then join UC experts for an in-depth discussion.

Film screening

Join us on Jan. 14 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (PT) for an online screening of “The Social Dilemma.” Register to watch here. Have a Netflix account? You can also stream it there.

Panel discussion

From 12 – 1 p.m. (PT) on Jan. 28 — Data Privacy Day — attend a virtual discussion with UC data and privacy experts. We’ll discuss “The Social Dilemma” film, the future of data, what UC’s role should be (if any) in solving the social dilemma, and how you can take active steps to better control your data and the data entrusted to you by the UC community. Register for the panel discussion.

Distinguished panelists:
  • Safiya Noble, Ph.D., is an associate professor of Gender Studies and African-American Studies at UCLA, where she serves as the co-founder and co-director of the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry (C2i2). She is also the author of the bestselling book, “Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism,” and is regularly cited in the national and international press for her expertise on issues related to algorithmic discrimination and technology bias.
  • Gillian Hayes, Ph.D., is vice provost for Graduate Education, dean of the Graduate Division, the Robert A. and Barbara L. Kleist professor of informatics, and professor of pediatrics and education at UC Irvine. Her interests include human-computer interaction, ubiquitous computing, assistive and educational technologies and health informatics. Professor Hayes designs, develops, deploys and evaluates technologies to empower people to use collected data to address real human needs in sensitive and ethically responsible ways.
  • Bryan Cunningham, J.D., is executive director of the UC Irvine Cyber Security Policy and Research Institute and a leading international expert on cybersecurity law and policy. He is a former White House lawyer and adviser, as well as a media commentator on cybersecurity, technology and surveillance issues. He is focused on solutions-oriented strategies that address technical, legal and policy challenges to combat cyber threats, protect individual privacy and civil liberties, maintain public safety and economic and national security, and empower Americans to take better control of their digital security.
  • Sean Peisert, Ph.D., is a staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he focuses on computing sciences research, as well as a full adjunct professor of computer science at UC Davis and full adjunct professor of health informatics at UC Davis School of Medicine. His current research includes usable and useful computer security and privacy solutions, particularly in enabling secure and privacy-preserving scientific data analysis and improving security in high-performance computing systems and power grid control systems.
  • Pegah Parsi, J.D., M.B.A., is the inaugural chief privacy officer at UC San Diego, where she spearheads privacy and data-protection efforts for the research, educational and service enterprise. As an attorney, her interests include the gray areas surrounding data ethics, privacy law and rights, civil and human rights, information security, higher education law, data science and research data.
  • Allison Henry, B.A., is chief information security officer at UC Berkeley. From an early age, she has been building and securing information technology solutions to solve problems and enable people to do what they do best. After completing her Bachelor of Science Degree at UC Berkeley, she began her information technology career as a system administrator at UC Santa Cruz. She has been working in IT within the UC system since.

UCOP staff are also invited to attend How to Break Down Barriers to Privacy Careers for Underrepresented Populations, hosted by UC Berkeley’s Campus Privacy Office. This event will take place Jan. 26 at 12 p.m. (PT).

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