Digital Life Seminar

Date 2020 Fall Semester

Time Wednesdays, 12.00 - 1.15pm*

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Convenors Helen Nissenbaum, Jessie Taft and Michael Byrne

The public Digital Life seminar series offers students and guests an opportunity to engage with leading scholars and practitioners researching and responding to the development and application of digital technologies.

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Upcoming Seminars

Robin Berjon & Ido Sivan-Sevilla

New York Times | Cornell Tech

AdTech & Our Privacy – Dark present, brighter future?

This joint session is about the digital advertising ecosystem: we highlight some of its disturbing practices against users’ privacy, explain the puzzle of lack of GDPR enforcement over its clear data protection violations, provide a glimpse on how a major publisher with a significant ad operation, The New York Times, has been trying to safeguard the privacy of its readers without forgoing revenue, and conclude by looking ahead at the current conversations in the web standards community on how to build an ad ecosystem without ubiquitous tracking.


COVID-19 Operating Status | The Digital Life Seminar has transitioned to online instruction for Fall 2020, and warmly welcomes all attendees to join us on Wednesdays (12.00 - 1.15pm) via Zoom

Enrolled Cornell Tech Students (INFO7060 / LAW7179) | You need only attend the Wednesday afternoon seminars. However, if you are in a time zone that prevents you from joining live, you have the option to watch a seminar recording, and join the Q&A discussion on Thursdays, 9.25 - 9.50am. Please consult your Canvas course guide for more information.

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