Conversations on Privacy at Fox Tucson Theatre



OCT 19 – NOV 16
FOX TUCSON THEATRE, 17 W. Congress St. in Tucson

“With every click and swipe, we can access unimaginable amounts of information online. We also leave a trail of personal data, revealing secrets about our health, habits, beliefs, and plans. This fall, join the UA College of Social & Behavioral Sciences for a series of discussions with national experts who will explore the benefits and dangers of the digital age.”


The conversations are free and open to the public, but tickets are required at the door. Reserve your tickets for each event in advance throughEventbrite. Tickets also available at the Fox Tucson Theatre box office on the day of the event.  For more information, call the UA College of Social & Behavioral Sciences at (520) 621-1112 during normal business hours or call the Fox Tucson Theater at  (520) 624-1515.



OCT 19

Relationships and Privacy in a World of Tinder, Twitter and Hello Barbie

From baby photos posted on grandma’s Facebook page to Snapchat selfies, today’s children and teens are growing up publicly online. The unprecedented rise of virtual interactions and access to digital information raises concerns about how new technology is influencing young people and their relationships with peers, loved ones, and the world at large.  How is the first digital generation managing their online identity and interactions and how will they redefine “privacy”? How is the digital divide influencing the way kids and parents communicate? What can families, schools, communities, and kids do to ensure safe and fulfilling interactions in an online world?

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Details about KIDS ONLINE
OCT 26

Fame and Shame in the Digital Age

In the digital world, we leave a trail of photos, videos, conversations, and other information that can be easily obtained and posted online for everyone to see forever. For journalists trying to hold governments and corporations accountable, this information can be helpful in exposing wrongdoing. For private citizens and celebrities, however, the online publication of personal information can be devastating. In the complicated information age, how do we balance the public’s right to know with the individual’s right to privacy?

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Details about MEDIA EXPOSÉ
NOV 02

What Are We Willing To Give?

Companies collect information from customers to provide customized services and stay competitive. Customers too can find high value in exchanging their information for personalized services. But is the data market always a win-win situation? What are the trade-offs you make when you pay for services with personal information? In this conversation, we will shed light on the hidden privacy challenges that new technology-based services bring about. We will also delve into the future of corporate data collection and digital advertising, including facial recognition technology, mobile location analysis, and the “internet of things.”

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NOV 09

Wearing Your Doctor on Your Wrist

Your medical tests, mobile health apps, and wearable devices (like fitbits) produce data that reveal insights into your health and behavior. What happens to that data? This conversation will reveal how new and emerging technologies, such as personal wearable devices that can collect and transfer information on your wellbeing, are changing public health, the practice of medicine, and employment and insurance – now and in the future. We will highlight the biggest risks to your privacy and meaningful ways to maintain control over your personal information without losing the health benefits of the digital revolution.

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Details about BODIES & HEALTH
NOV 16

Finding the Right Balance for Democracy

Through our phones and other personal devices, governments have an unprecedented ability to collect data on our whereabouts, conversations, habits, purchases, and connections. Many are concerned that this new level of surveillance will impede free speech and the ability of social movements to organize. At the same time, however, illegal groups and networks use these same devices to organize, recruit, and do harm. Surveillance of these “dark networks” can do much to protect society at large. This conversation grapples with how a democratic society strives to achieve an acceptable tradeoff between individual privacy rights, the rights of free speech, and national security.

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


  1. Innovative, new technology of wrist “wearables” from Fitbit were discussed tonight, about the device’s capabilities (measuring heart rate mostly), but also encouraging fitness. Privacy of these ongoing health records for the individual were discussed, as well as potential usage of such date by health care providers. Implications for future predictions of health concerns were raised (ie. heart attacks, stroke, epilepsy). Tonight’s speakers:

    Jane Bambauer is an associate professor in the UA James E. Rogers College of Law. Her research assesses the social costs and benefits of data, and shows how many popular privacy laws can inhibit socially beneficial research and innovation in health, education, and law enforcement.
    Michelle De Mooy is acting director for the Privacy and Data Project at the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT). She leads CDT’s health privacy work on ethical and privacy-aware internal research and development in wearables; the application of data analytics to health information found on non-traditional platforms, like social media; and the growing market for genetic data.
    Shelten Yuen is vice president for research at Fitbit Inc., where he oversees development in new hardware, sensors, and algorithms in wearable computing. As a founding engineer of Fitbit Inc., Shelten developed the core algorithms in the fitbit trackers. Before that, Shelten was at MIT Lincoln Laboratory and Agilent Technologies.

    Forgot to post last week’s video on corporate date collection:

  2. U should put where these candidate stand on issue if they are for or against if so why . So we can know why we choose them especially on central water nominee are they for the corporation or for the residents. I didn’t see debate I want some one for low water bill.

  3. Missed the first discussion Kids Online on Wed. due to the 3rd Presidential debate. But watched it online: And Big Brother is watching us, as they knew we were not there as we didn’t check in with our online tickets (got an email saying “Sorry we missed you”.)

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