Donoho Colloquium: Are We Puppets In a Wired World?

The Winter 2014 Donoho Colloquium

  • 5:00 PM, Monday, February 10, 2014
  • Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall, Dartmouth

In light of the recent remarkable revelations about the reach of the surveillance state, I will reflect on what it really means to be connected to the Internet. As I wrote in the 50th Anniversary Issue of the NY Review of Books, "There is so much that has been good—which is to say useful, entertaining, inspiring, lucrative, fun—about the evolution of the World Wide Web—that questions about equity and inequality may seem to be beside the point. But while we were having fun, we have happily and willingly made the greatest surveillance system ever imagined, a web whose strings gives governments and businesses countless threads to pull..."

Biographical note

Sue Halpern is a scholar-in residence at Middlebury College and a long-time contributor to the New York Review of Books. Halpern is the author of six books, most recently "A Dog Walks Into A Nursing Home," and has also written on science, technology and social issues for The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Rolling Stone and many other publications. She is the editor of NYRB Lit, the electronic publishing imprint of the New York Review of Books, and the director of Middlebury's Narrative Journalism Fellowship. Halpern received a BA from Yale University and a doctorate from Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.