A Global Think-in on Virtual Transparency in the 21st Century
December 9, 2015 · 5-6:30PM
Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall, Room 104
The Committee on Global Thought (CGT) presents a GLOBAL THINK-IN with Columbia Law School professor and author of “Exposed” Bernard Harcourt, Editor-in-Chief of The Intercept Betsy Reed, and New York Times reporter and Wired columnist Clive Thompson, along with President and CEO of Cane Investments, LLC and former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Judith McHale, as well as CGT member and Dean of Strategic Initiatives for the Arts & Sciences David K. Park.
- Bernard Harcourt, Columbia Law School Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Director of the Columbia Center for Contemporary Critical Thought, author of “Exposed: Desire and Disobedience in the Digital Age.”
- Betsy Reed, Editor-in-Chief of The Intercept.
- Clive Thompson, writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired.
- Moderated by Judith McHale, President and CEO of Cane Investments, LLC, and former Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs.
- Welcome remarks by David K. Park, CGT member and Dean of Strategic Initiatives for the Arts & Sciences.
Social media compile data on users, retailers mine information on consumers, Internet giants create dossiers of who we know and what we do, and intelligence agencies collect all this plus billions of communications daily. Exploiting our boundless desire to access everything all the time, digital technology is breaking down whatever boundaries still exist between the state, the market, and the private realm. Exposed offers a powerful critique of our new virtual transparence, revealing just how unfree we are becoming and how little we seem to care. Bernard Harcourt guides us through our new digital landscape, one that makes it so easy for others to monitor, profile, and shape our every desire. We are building what he calls the expository society—a platform for unprecedented levels of exhibition, watching, and influence that is re-configuring our political relations and reshaping our notions of what it means to be an individual.
About the Global Think-ins
In October 2014, the Committee on Global Thought launched Global Think-ins, vehicles for generating new ideas and perspectives on issues of major global concern. Think-ins are designed as incubators for academics and practitioners from varying disciplinary and methodological backgrounds, geographical locations, and expertise to share, critique, and develop new ideas. Global Think-ins take the form of closed-door brainstorming sessions paired with open public events, and the format will include in situ exchange with global participants.
The Think-ins began with a series entitled, Rethinking Knowledge. Although universities are designed to generate and disseminate knowledge, rarely do we reflect on what counts as knowledge or evidence, what lends credence to theory, or what shape that knowledge must take to grasp a changing world. Rethinking Knowledge poses such questions across the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, with an eye toward redefining how urgent matters are addressed in a globalizing world. The series began with two events on campus in 2014-15: Global Governance and Evidence-Based Medicine: How Sound is the Evidence. They are followed by events at select Global Centers, which brought different perspectives and insights from the countries and regions in which the Centers are located.