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How Can We Make Surveillance Work for Us?

August 20, 2020  • Socrates Program

Two horrible events, the COVID-19 pandemic and the killing of George Floyd, have shaken the world, raising consciousness about social, economic, and political problems that had been festering for generations. They could also inspire us to solve a relatively new problem with huge implications for democracy’s future: the growing role of surveillance in our lives. 

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Iyad Rahwan, director of the Center for Humans and Machines at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and former professor at the MIT Media Lab, was joined by William Powers, writer, journalist, and technologist and the author of “Hamlet’s BlackBerry: Building a Good Life in the Digital Age”, as they discussed their recent oped in the Boston Globe proposing ways to create a new social contract where technological tools can be used for good.