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Philosophy Club

Philosophy Club

Taking a philosophy course and want to know more about what this philosophy thing is about? Simply interested in philosophical discussion? Join us for informal conversation and student presentations. Our goal is to make philosophy inclusive and accessible to all levels of experience… newbies and seasoned philosophers alike.

When: Friday, 5–7 pm
Where: Eastman Lounge (in front of the ID office)

Topic for 6 May: TBA

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Thursday 12 May 2016
4:00 PM
Eastman 2000

Katie Shilton
(College of Information Studies, University of Maryland)

“ ‘I’m very concerned regarding the privacy of my users’: Influences on Privacy as a Professional Practice in Mobile Application Development”

Privacy is a critical challenge for mobile application development. Mobile applications are easy to build and distribute, and can collect diverse personal data. US policy approaches to data protection in the mobile ecosystem rely on privacy by design: approaches that encourage developers to proactively implement best-practice privacy features to protect sensitive data. But we don’t know what factors motivate developers to implement privacy features when faced with disincentives such as longer development timelines, markets for personal data, and tensions between data protection and data-enabled services. This project begins to identify these factors by investigating how mobile developers talk about and deal with privacy challenges. Interviews with developers and analysis of posts on developer forums reveal that developers are actively grappling with privacy issues. This talk will describe how developers define and legitimate privacy, and describe how knowledge of how to approach privacy problems is disseminated. Understanding the development of privacy as a professional practice can help us shape better guidelines for privacy by design, and broach challenges to the widespread adoption of privacy by design principles.

Sponsored by the Hale Chair in Applied Ethics

Friday 13 May
12:00 – 1:00
McKenzie Commons
(Liberal Arts)

Despina Tzimoula
(Malmö University)

“The Feminist Movement:
the Scandinavian Model”

Sponsored by:

Women’s and Gender Studies Program
Department of Philosophy
International Education and Global Programs

17–18 October 2016

Conference on
“Plotinus and Neoplatonism:
Continuing Influence and Contemporary Relevance”

Call for papers. The intent of the conference is to attract scholars who work in all periods of the history of philosophy, including contemporary, in order to advance the important and continuing relevance of the philosophies of Plotinus and Neoplatonism in general.

Submission deadline: 1 August 2016.

Please see this conference poster for more information.

For further information on upcoming events, contact

Professor Silvia Benso, Chair
Department of Philosophy
Office: 1118 College of Liberal Arts
Phone: (585) 475-4116