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Private Lives: do we still value our privacy?

LSE Literary Festival discussion

Date: Saturday 1 March 2014 
Time: 5-6.30pm
Venue: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
Speakers: Professor Josh Cohen, Dr Ellen Helsper, Professor Andrew Murray
Chair: Professor George Gaskell

This panel will discuss where our modern understanding of privacy has come from, what our rights to privacy are in a digital age, and what effect this is having on younger generations, who seem to live their lives in the public domain.

Josh Cohen is professor of modern literary theory at Goldsmiths, University of London and a psychoanalyst in private practice. He is the author of books and articles on modern literature, cultural theory and psychoanalysis, including How to Read Freud and The Private Life: why we remain in the dark.

Ellen Helsper (@EllenHel) is an associate professor in the Media and Communications Department of the LSE. She has been consulted widely by UK and EU governments, the commercial and the charitable sector. She has held the roles of academic advisor for the Media and Communications Department of the PUC in Chile, external member of the BCS Ethics Board, and specialist advisor on digital inclusion for the Welsh Affairs Committee. She is a research associate at the Oxford Internet Institute and has had visiting scholar positions at the NYU Steinhardt's department of Media, Culture and Communications, USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and the Communications Department at the University of Twente.

Andrew Murray (@AndrewDMurray) is professor in law at LSE and a fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA). He joined the LSE Law Department in September 2000. Andrew’s principal research interests are in regulatory design within Cyberspace, particularly the role of non-State actors, the protection and promotion of Human Rights within the digital environment and the promotion of proprietary interests in the digital sphere, encompassing both intellectual property rights and traditional property models.

This event forms part of LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival 2014, taking place from Monday 24 February - Saturday 1 March 2014, with the theme 'Reflections'.

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A copy of Professor Andrew Murray's PowerPoint presentation can be downloaded. Download Private Lives: do we still value our privacy? (pdf)


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LSE Literary Festival 2014