Tea-Time Talks Series (Spring 2017): Spies, Trolls, Drones and Polls: Being(s) in Cyberspace
You are warmly invited to join us for a new series of weekly talks taking place in March 2017. These talks are dedicated to a topic that affects each one of us in some way or another - the question of Ethics and Rights in Cyberspace.
Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, "The Common Good: Ethics and Rights in Cyber Security" project seeks to understand where the balance lies between security and ethics in digital governance. If the recent controversies surrounding U.S. governmental surveillance and implicated technology companies demonstrated anything, it is the need for proportionate, just and effective cyber security in digital governance that is committed to the common good.
Part of the The Common Good: Ethics and Rights in Cyber Security project. The project team also organised the Digital Dystopias Film Festival linked to the Hull City of Culture 2017 celebrations.
'Saying it as it is': Context and Tempered Agency in a Digital World by Professor James Connelly.
When is a tweet a tweet, when is it commentary, and when is it a political intervention? This was generally a rhetorical question until a year or so ago. Now it is not. What is the performative nature of digital acts in a digital world? How new is this? Have the distinctions between public and private been irrevocably shattered in the digital world we now share, whether wittingly or unwittingly? Speech is action: in certain contexts it always was, but we are currently catching up with what this means in a digital context. The nature and meaning of an action is sensitive to, and in part defined by, its context. In the past we were more certain than we can ever be in the present that there were clearly demarcated contexts, among them the public and the private, and we judged actions and utterances partly in accordance to their context because their context in turn tended to define their reach in the world. We no longer – or should not longer – think this. There are (and always were) many, various, fluid and overlapping distinctions between the public and the private; with the rise of digital technology there is an urgent need to extend our understanding of the complex nature of the relationship between the public and the private. From a discussion of the contested nature of the public and private, I argue that no hard and fast distinction between public and private is possible. I address individual responsibility and the nature of the speech act, in particular, its changing nature in cyber contexts and the many different layered and overlapping contexts of utterance and action.