Cross Country Conversations

2011-2012 - Internet Privacy

Date: May 2nd, 2012
Time: 12:00- 2:00 pm
Venue: MacAlister 2020.

On May 2, 2012, the Office of International Programs held a Cross Country Conversation on the topic of Internet Privacy in the Marks Intercultural Center. Christopher Bonnaig, Matthew Whitworth, and Sean Flynn served as student panelists and shared contrary views on what internet privacy means, how it should be handled, and who has the responsibility to protect users. Bonnaig looked at the internet as a means for democratic participation and expression. Conversely, Flynn viewed the internet more speculatively, arguing that advertisers were the major players in how internet privacy is handled. Whitworth discussed how the anonymity of the internet makes it such a daunting entity. Dr. Devon Powers served as the faculty facilitator for the conversation, asking such questions as what privacy is, and how much do we really know about how the internet works.

Our next Cross Country Conversation will be on Stem Cell Research, in which students will be exploring the ethical, legal, and scientific implications of stem cell technologies. This discussion is to take place on Wednesday, May 23, from 1:30pm to 3:00pm in the Marks Intercultural Center 1st Floor Gallery. Feel free to e-mail Kailey Kluge at if you are interested in participating as a panelist or have other general questions about the discussion!