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Human Tracking: online profiling in the physical world

August 23 @ 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Mozilla Lounge, 366 Adelaide St West, Suite 500
Toronto, ON M5V 1R9 Canada

There are digital eyes and ears trying to track the physical world the way we track the digital one. Cameras, microphones, lasers, and antennas are claimed to make our lives better and more efficient. These sensors are getting smaller, cheaper, ever-more powerful, and are making it possible to track things we could never track before at unprecedented scales.   Did you know that… Facial recognition is being used in mall kiosks for demographic analysis of shoppers, and is being considered as a replacement for traditional…

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Russia & the U.S.: It’s Complicated

September 12 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Indy Hall, 399 Market St #360
Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States

Russia is a major world power that the U.S. government tries to cooperate with, but lately the relationship has gotten, well, complicated. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s administration invaded Crimea (a penninsula in neighboring Ukraine) in 2014, meddled in the 2016 U.S. elections by spreading fake news through social media, and currently supplies weapons to Syria's president Bashar al-Assad, whom the U.S. accuses of killing his own people. So... now what? Join Civic Series as we help you wrap your head…

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What’s the Deal with North Korea?

October 17 @ 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Indy Hall, 399 Market St #360
Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States

North Korea is a global anomaly — it is the world’s only Communist dynasty; the world’s only industrialized economy to have suffered a famine during a time of peace; and proportionally, the world’s largest military.  The country has been making headlines for years for its bold displays of military strength and its eccentric leader, Kim Jong Un. But why is North Korea such an anomaly? What's it like to live there? How has the U.S. and other countries responded to North Korea…

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