Recent revelations of the National Security Administration's unprecedented collection of individual and social information through the internet have far reaching implications for personal privacy, healthcare, citizenship and national security, and for the definitions of personhood, institutional power and information itself. Individual decisions to make transparent or conceal , participate in or opt out of internet life, while perhaps delusions of control, raise critical questions of ownership, privacy, and the associated emotions of shame and rage associated with violations of personal integrity. We aim to explore contemporary notions of privacy, relationships between individuals and between individuals and institutions that arise through data exchange. We also hope to consider the role of secrets in notions of self, emotion, and reason, as well as the tensions between secrecy and transparency in protecting, exploiting, or undoing the individual and her freedoms.
Participants include Alex Abdo, Jack Z. Bratich, Theodore Jacobs and Michael Lewis.
New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
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The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium