In Conversation with the Rosenbach: Flash Focus on Privacy and the Internet

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Date / Time

  • May 17, 2018
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103, United States

Living in the Age of Facebook: Privacy Rights

Social media and modem technology provide us with split second connections around the world. However, when our personal information is harvested and utilized for economic or political purposes, what are the consequences?  Do we have the right to control our own information once it is online?  Join us as we host a panel of experts to unravel the complicated issues of Big Data and the fate of privacy in our society.

On display from our collections will be a letter by Thomas Jefferson, in which he writes about personal freedoms that will be included in the Bill of Rights.

Our panel:

Aaron Roth

Roth is the class of 1940 Bicentennial Term associate professor of Computer and Information Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, affiliated with the Warren Center for Network and Data Science, and co-director of the Networked and Social Systems Engineering (NETS) program. His research focuses on the algorithmic foundations of data privacy, algorithmic fairness, game theory and mechanism design, learning theory, and the intersections of these topics.  Together with Cynthia Dwork, he is the author of the book “The Algorithmic Foundations of Differential Privacy.”

Jackie Anderson

Anderson is a social media analyst at Quaker City Mercantile, a local creative agency that specializes in branding, marketing, and innovation in the spirits industry. She has four years of experience in the field and specializes in social media reporting and strategy. Jackie is a recent transplant to Philadelphia and has enjoyed exploring the city as she settles into South Philly.

Lauren Steinfeld

Lauren B. Steinfeld serves as Chief Privacy Officer for Penn Medicine and Senior Advisor for Privacy for the University of Pennsylvania. In this position, Ms. Steinfeld leads and oversees the HIPAA compliance program and other privacy initiatives for Penn’s four hospitals, over 200 physician practices, and the School of Medicine research program. Prior to her work at Penn, Ms. Steinfeld worked at the Office of Management and Budget as the Associate Chief Counselor for Privacy. At OMB, Ms. Steinfeld helped the Clinton Administration develop the HIPAA medical privacy regulations. She was also responsible for a wide range of other privacy issues, including financial and online privacy, identity theft, genetic information, cybersecurity, government information systems, and tax data confidentiality.


Larry Platt, Co-Founder/Co-Executive Director of the Philadelphia Citizen.

Flash Focus Mini-Series

In this era of information overload, there’s no such thing as a slow news day. On select dates, we’ll feature a panel of local experts to tackle a hot topic or controversial debate in current affairs, and invite audience members to raise questions or views. Topic to be announced two weeks in advance of each program date.

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