Walker L. Cisler MemorialLecture Series

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Lecture at 7pm

Reception at 6pm

Location: Mary E. Marburger Science and Engineering Auditorium (S100)

Presented by the College of Arts and Sciences

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Is Technology Killing Privacy?
by Florian Schaub, Assistant Professor of Information, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan

Privacy is dead! Or is it? This talk will explore the darker side of technology such as social media, smartphones, or smart speakers.

  • How and why do these technologies track your behavior online and in your homes?
  • What can they know about you?
  • Why do people struggle to protect their privacy?

Drawing on the speaker's research on privacy in different contexts, this talk discusses how and why privacy notices and controls are often misaligned with user needs, and how public policy aimed at protecting privacy often falls short.

The talk further discusses how a human-centric approach to privacy design and engineering can yield usable and useful privacy protections that more effectively meet people's needs and might also benefit companies.


Visiting Lecturer


Florian Schaub
Assistant Professor of Information, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

University of Michigan

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The Walker L. Cisler lecture series, which is free and open to the public, was founded at Lawrence Technological University with a generous gift from the  Holley Foundation .

Well known for his leadership of the Detroit Edison Company from 1954 to 1971, Walker L. Cisler enjoyed a career that spanned a lifetime of personal, professional, civic, and business accomplishments. As an international ambassador for the American electric utility industry, he worked closely with heads of state both here and abroad. As a tireless, dedicated humanitarian, he strived to improve the quality of life for people everywhere.