Borders and Gateways: Computer Networking in Everyday Life

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2007 Public Lectures

Stephanie Forrest is Professor and Chairman of Computer Science at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and Professor at the Santa Fe Institute. Forrest is a member of the Adaptive Computation Group at UNM, where she studies adaptive systems, including genetic algorithms, computational immunology, biological modeling, and computer security.

Discussant: David Krakauer, Professor, Santa Fe Institute

New electronic technologies deal with the very essence of human society: communication between people. Computer networking has enhanced communication in unprecedented ways leading to a society that is continually on-line and connected. This transformation is creating new forms of human interaction, with implications for locality and boundaries, privacy and identity, and the speed of social exchange. Cyberspace is beginning to merge with the physical world as reflected in chat rooms, massive multiplayer games and economic and energy systems. In this talk, Forrest will describe some of the technical underpinnings that support computer networking, some of the risks that accompany the current technology, and various proposals for mitigating those risks. In order to manage new communication technologies, society may have to rethink basic notions such as freedom, anonymity, privacy, and security.

Wednesday, October 17 at 7:30 pm

James A. Little Theater

New Mexico School for the Deaf

1060 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe