2017-2018 Checks and Balances?
Our governance system was established to prevent abuse of power, but checks and balances come from many sectors of society both within and outside of the government, within the US and beyond. How does it work? What happens when it fails? What roles do advocacy and activism play? This year’s Sidore lectures will answer these questions in relation to civic education, law, politics, science, and the media.
All Sidore lectures are at the Silver Center for the Arts, in Smith Recital Hall. Lectures are free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended.
For reservations or to arrange special accommodations, call (603) 535-ARTS.
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 7 p.m.
Reining in Online Abuses
Online platforms today are being used in deplorably diverse ways: recruiting and radicalizing terrorists, buying and selling illegal weapons and underage prostitutes, cyberbullying and cyberstalking, revenge porn, theft of personal and financial data, propagating fake and hateful news, and much more. Technology companies have been and continue to be frustratingly slow in responding to these very real threats with very real consequences. Dr. Farid advocates for the development and deployment of new technologies that allow for the free flow of ideas while reigning in abuses. As a case study, he will describe one such technology—photoDNA—that is currently being used in the global fight against child exploitation. He will also describe the technological, legal, and policy obstacles that we faced prior to deployment and how lessons from this work can inform future efforts. Dr. Farid will also describe ongoing efforts in countering extremism on-line.
Dr. Hany Farid is the Albert Bradley 1915 Third Century Professor and Chair of Computer Science at Dartmouth. His research focuses on digital forensics, image analysis, and human perception. He received his undergraduate degree in Computer Science and Applied Mathematics from the University of Rochester in 1989, his M.S. in Computer Science from SUNY Albany, and his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997. Following a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT, Dr. Farid joined the faculty at Dartmouth in 1999. He is recipient of a Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and is a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Dr. Farid is also the Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of Fourandsix Technologies and a Senior Adviser to the Counter Extremism Project.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 7 p.m.
Does Science Bring Balance to Environmental Policy? A View from the Inside
The environmental problems of our day require the collaboration of scientists from all around the world in many different types of organizations (academia, government, and non-governmental) with multiple disciplines who can translate their science for non-scientists. One example has been in the efforts to control the global pollutant, mercury, through the recent ratification of the Minamata Convention. This case example will be discussed in the context of science informing policy and how it pertains to other environmental issues.
Dr. Celia Chen, Research Professor of Biological Sciences at Dartmouth College, is an aquatic ecologist and the Research Translation Core Leader of the Dartmouth Toxic Metals Superfund Research Program. She has worked at the intersection of science and policy in Washington, DC as a Congressional Fellow and as a Staff Officer at the National Academy of Sciences. She has also served on US Environmental Protection Agency Science Advisory Board Committees, participated in a United Nations Environment Programme Policy Advisory Group, and has led several science-to-policy synthesis projects.