A Gathering of the Minds

Sponsored by the Mensa Education & Research Foundation, this one-day educational symposium provides a forum for Mensans and the general public to explore, debate, and evaluate a major issue of long-range importance to society.

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A Gathering of the Minds


July 2, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Mensa Foundation Colloquium 2019
Privacy in the 21st Century: Mystery or Myth?

Society has worked to strike an acceptable balance between personal privacy and public security as long as the two concepts have existed. The debate has intensified in this era of mass surveillance, internet-connected frying pans, and GPS-enabled computers in the pockets of most Americans. Public knowledge and legal opinion struggle to keep up, and we're left to wonder what privacy looks like in the 21st century.

Colloquium 2019 will explore how privacy rights have been transformed in the digital age and how they may yet change. We'll examine the inherent intertwine of privacy rights and information technology, including how governments, marketers, and political data firms collect, store, and use what the world's largest privately held software business calls the “ever-increasing volume, velocity, variety, variability and complexity of information.” We'll ask how legislative actions will affect the role of tech companies in government surveillance. And with new technology platforms poised to change the way data ownership works, we'll explore how those smart products may affect Fourth Amendment limits of the third-party doctrine.