Privacy Awareness & Conversation through Films

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Short presentation on how to use short documentaries on privacy and surveillance to increase awareness among patrons and spark conversations on controversial technologies and practices. For Choose Privacy Week 2013 webinar.

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Privacy Awareness & Conversation through Films

  1. 1. Privacy Awareness & Conversation through Films Choose Privacy Week 2013 Michael Zimmer, PhD Assistant Professor, School of Information Studies Director, Center for Information Policy Research University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee www.MichaelZimmer.org
  2. 2. Caveat  I’m not a lawyer, and I’m definitely not your lawyer  Check your policies and legal guidance regarding copyright and screening of films for public performance  Some resources:  ALA Video & Copyright  http://www.ala.org/tools/libfactsheets/alalibraryfactsheet0 7  Movie Licensing USA: Public Libraries  http://www.movlic.com/library/faq.html  Films for the Humanities and Social Sciences  http://ffh.films.comMichael Zimmer | CPW Webinar | April 9, 2013
  3. 3. Why Use Films?  You’ll get more people to come to a screening than to a lecture (even if you sneak a mini-lecture in)  Documentaries are more likely to have multiple views and perspectives, to help spark dialogue  Patrons are more likely to challenge or critique something presented on film, rather than to a live person delivering a presentation  Even if fictionalized or overly-dramatic, film stories help make privacy and surveillance threats realMichael Zimmer | CPW Webinar | April 9, 2013
  4. 4. Strategies for Using Films  Feature the film, but make time for a “conversation” or “debate” after  Ask local teachers, advocates, lawyers, parents to sit on a panel to give their reactions  If working with youth, provide a worksheet with 4-5 key issues or controversies for them to identify while watching  Ask students to argue a devil’s advocate position; create a mock debate  Create lists of “good” vs. “bad” aspects of what was in the film, then push them to recognize how these issues are rarely that simpleMichael Zimmer | CPW Webinar | April 9, 2013
  5. 5. Popular Feature Films  Eagle Eye (2008)  Cellphone tracking  Surveillance cameras  Dangers of artificial intelligence  2-disc bonus commentary  Enemy of the State (1998)  Satellite and device tracking  Government intelligence gatheringMichael Zimmer | CPW Webinar | April 9, 2013
  6. 6. Classic / Independent Films  The Lives of Others (2006)  Surveillance practices of 1980s East Germany  Psychological and political impact of surveillance  The Conversation (1974)  Classic glimpse into surveillance industry  Problems of incomplete or misinterpreted dataMichael Zimmer | CPW Webinar | April 9, 2013
  7. 7. Documentary Films  Big Brother Big Business (2009)  CNBC production on rise of commercial surveillance industry  Driving habits, employee monitoring, shopping data, online activities, etc.  Science of Surveillance (2006)  National Geographic production  Overview of numerous surveillance technologies, and potential abusesMichael Zimmer | CPW Webinar | April 9, 2013

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