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Fall 2014 Honors Colloquium

Tuesday Evenings, 7:30 p.m.
September – December 2014
Edwards Auditorium, URI Kingston Campus

Our dependence on modern technology is not without its downsides. Cyber threats pose serious economic and national security challenges. Moreover, corporations and government agencies track our online activities, purchases, and even our location.
Join us! The public is invited to attend this series of free events in person or online.

Thank you for attending!

Free iPad Mini to be raffled each week in Edwards Auditorium.
Must be present at the drawing to win.

September 9 Too Much Information? Harry Lewis Gordan McKay professor of computer science at Harvard University; faculty associate, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University; and co-author of Blown to Bits: Your Life Liberty and Happiness After the Internet Explosion
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September 16 Everyone's a Target: How America Lost Control of the National Security Agency, and Can It Be Reined In? James Bamford author and investigative journalist noted for writing about the NSA
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September 23 Stuxnet and the Launch of the World's First Digital Weapon Kim Zetter senior award-winning journalist for Wired magazine and author of Countdown to Zero Day

September 30 Surveillance or Self Determination: Can Democracy and Diversity Co-Exist in the Age of Google, Comcast, and the NSA? Diversity Week Keynote Address by Heidi Boghosian executive director of the A.J. Muste Memorial Institute and author of Spying on Democracy
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October 7 Slippery Slope of Doom: What Could Possibly Go Wrong with Our Instrumented World? Colonel Gregory Conti associate professor of computer science and director of the Cyber Research Center, United States Military Academy, West Point; and author of Googling Security
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October 14 Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Bobbie Stempfley deputy assistant secretary, Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

October 21 Panel on Cybercrime Moderated by R.I. Congressman James Langevin founder and co-chair, Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus
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October 28 Achieving Security, Privacy and Internet Freedom in the Golden Age of Hacking, Cyberwar and Surveillance Timothy Edgar visiting fellow, Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University; and former director of privacy and civil liberties, White House National Security Staff
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November 5
Malware Threat Intelligence Gary Warner director of research in computer forensics, University of Alabama at Birmingham; and co-founder and chief technologist, Malcovery Security

November 12
Big Data, Data Brokers, and the Business of Tracking Julie Brill Federal Trade Commissioner
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November 18 Is Privacy Becoming a Luxury Good? Julia Angwin award-winning investigative journalist and author of Dragnet Nation
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December 2 Surveillance and Power Bruce Schneier internationally renowned cyrptographer, computer security and privacy specialist, and author of Carry On
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Lisa DiPippo, Vic Fay-Wolfe,
Ed Lamagna, Yan (Lindsay) Sun

Major Sponsor
URI Honors Program

Presenting Sponsor
Cox Business

URI Office of the President;
URI Office of the Provost;
The Mark and Donna Ross Honors Colloquium Humanities Endowment;
The Thomas Silvia and Shannon Chandley Honors Colloquium Endowment;
URI College of Human Science and Services;
URI Talent Development;
URI Multicultural Center;
URI College of Arts & Sciences;
URI Harrington School of Communications and Media;
URI John Hazen White, Sr. Center for Ethics and Public Service;
URI College of Pharmacy;
URI College of Engineering;
URI College of the Environment and Life Sciences;
URI College of Nursing;
URI College of Business Administration;
URI Division of Student Affairs;
URI Department of Communications and Marketing;
URI Department of Publications and Creative Services;
URI ITS Instructional Technology and Media Services

For more information on colloquium events contact Deborah Gardiner at 401.874.2381 or

For information about ways to support the Honors Colloquium, contact Lynne Derbyshire at 401.874.4732 or

If you have a disability and need an accommodation, please call 401.874.2303 at least three business days in advance. For TTY assistance, please call the R.I. Relay Service at 711.