Davidson to Host Feb. 10 Forum on Ethics of Privacy and Security in the Digital Age

The Vann Center for Ethics will host award-winning investigative journalist Julia Angwin to discuss "Dragnet Nation: The Ethics of Privacy and Security in the Digital Age," 7:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 10, in Hance Auditorium, Chambers Building. This event is part of the Vann Center's Ethics Forum series, and is free and open to the public.

Angwin began her journalism career as an intern at the Washington Post, and joined the San Francisco Chronicle in 1996. She was awarded a Knight-Bagehot fellowship in journalism for studies at Columbia Business School in 1998. From 2000 - 2013 she was an investigative reporter for the Wall Street Journal, where she won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of corporate corruption. She also won a Gerald Loeb Award in 2010 and was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in 2011 for her reporting on internet privacy issues. Her new employer ProPublica describes itself as "an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest."

Angwin's book, Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance, will be published by Times Books in 2014. She is also the author of Stealing MySpace: The Battle to Control the Most Popular Website in America (Random House, 2009). Angwin earned bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Chicago, and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University.

Established through a generous gift from James Vann Jr. '50 and Lee Stanton Vann, and dedicated in November 2009, the Vann Center for Ethics is located in Eumenean Hall on the campus of Davidson College. It aims to serve as a catalyst for moral inquiry and imagination, careful analysis and reflection, civil dialogue and responsible action. The Vann Center is led by Director David L. Perry, who also serves on the faculty as Professor of Applied Ethics.

For additional information about this event or others, visit the Vann Center for Ethics website.


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