As a society, we accept that Google’s Street View cameras might capture our public movements. We’ve become accustomed to Facebook’s facial-recognition software identifying friends in our photos. But what would happen if the next step in technological evolution combined ubiquitous, interconnected cameras with the ability to identify subjects, virtually eliminating any semblance of privacy?
This Orwellian – but frighteningly plausible – example was just one future scenario posed by Jeffrey Rosen during his recent lecture, “Privacy in the Digital Age.”
Watch Rosen highlight recent cases of potential infringement by the government using emerging technologies– from embarrassing TSA scanners to warrantless GPS tracking – discuss even more invasive digital programs on the horizon, and explore avenues for safeguarding individual privacy:
Jeff Rosen video
Rosen, a professor at the George Washington School of Law, is one of the nation’s leading legal journalists. In addition to publishing several books, he is the legal affairs editor of the New Republic magazine and a frequent contributor to Time, the New York Times, the Washington Post and National Public Radio.
Rosen came to Suffolk as part of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Distinguished Visiting Scholar Program, which brings prominent, nationally and internationally renowned scholars, artists, and intellectuals to Boston to interact, consult, and collaborate intellectually and creatively with members of the Suffolk community. While on campus, he also spoke about technology, the Constitution and society; law, journalism and public discourse; and the future of the Roberts court.
“What is particularly admirable about Rosen’s work is that he presents information in a lucid, compelling way about exceptionally complex subjects at the intersections of law, policy, and society,” explains Greg Fried, philosophy professor and department chair. “He makes vivid what the stakes are in questions that, to the layperson, might seem hopelessly convoluted or abstract matters of law.”