Privacy is Power with Dr. Carissa Véliz


Tuesday, September 28, 2021, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Virtual Event (Registration Required)

As surveillance creeps into every corner of our lives, Dr. Carissa Véliz exposes how our personal data is giving too much power to big tech and governments, why that matters, and what we can do about it. Without your permission, or even your awareness, tech companies are harvesting your location, your likes, your habits, your relationships, your fears, your medical issues, and sharing it amongst themselves, as well as with governments and a multitude of data vultures. They're not just selling your data. They’re selling the power to influence you and decide for you. Even when you’ve explicitly asked them not to. And it's not just you. It's all your contacts too, all your fellow citizens. Privacy is as collective as it is personal. Privacy Is Power calls for the end of the data economy and proposes concrete measures to bring that end about, offering practical solutions, both for policymakers and ordinary citizens.

This event is part of our Towards Life 3.0: Ethics and Technology in the 21st Century series. This is a talk series organized and facilitated by Dr. Mathias Risse, Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, and Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights, Global Affairs, and Philosophy. Drawing inspiration from the title of Max Tegmark’s book, Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence, the series draws upon a range of scholars, technology leaders, and public interest technologists to address the ethical aspects of the long-term impact of artificial intelligence on society and human life. Information on how to access the event can be found below. 


  • Carissa Véliz | Associate Professor, Faculty of Philosophy and the Institute for Ethics in AI, University of Oxford; Tutorial Fellow, Hertford College, University of Oxford
  • Mathias Risse (moderator) | Faculty Director, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy; Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights, Global Affairs and Philosophy

Dr. Carissa Véliz is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Philosophy and the Institute for Ethics in AI, and a Tutorial Fellow in Philosophy at Hertford College. Dr. Véliz completed her DPhil in Philosophy at the University of Oxford. She was then a Research Fellow at the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics and the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities at the University of Oxford. Her work focuses on digital ethics (with an emphasis on privacy and AI ethics), practical ethics more generally, political philosophy, and public policy. She also is interested in philosophy of mind. She is the author of Privacy Is Power and the editor of the Oxford Handbook of Digital Ethics.

Virtual Event Details
This event will be livestreamed on YouTube Live. Attendees registered for this event (link below) will receive a link for the livestream 1 hour before the event where you can participate in the live chat and ask questions during the event.

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