Forthcoming events – November and December

November  23rd

Phil Booth – “The Database State”

The Database State – most easily defined as ‘the tendency to try to use computers to manage society by watching people’.
The government proposes to introduce the blanket surveillance of ‘communications data’, which would provide the authorities with a detailed picture of your life: who you have texted, e-mailed and phoned on any given day; where you were when the contact was made and for how long; which websites you have visited in the privacy of your own home, and more.
Phil Booth, formerly of the NO2ID campaign and a seasoned campaign consultant, works with activists who are battling it out on the front line and will bring the issue right up to date.
The issue of what should and should not be done with our personal data is one that is not going away, and it speaks to concerns far beyond the technical: privacy, identity, national vs. personal security, autonomy, dignity. In fact, Phil argues that ‘ownership’ of one’s own data lies at the very heart of what it means to be a (global) citizen in the 21st century.

8pm – upstairs at the Elephant and Castle. Non-members welcome (£3)

December 7th

Lynne Murphy – “How America saved the English language”

Lynne Murphy (Reader in Linguistics at Sussex University) takes you on a grammatical tour of transatlantic prejudices and challenges what you think you know about Americanisms–and their effect on the Mother Tongue.
Lynne moved to the south coast of England in January 2000, having lived in the US most of her life and in South Africa for 4 years in the 1990s. While in the UK she has been teaching and researching in the fields of semantics, pragmatics and psycholinguistics.
As her alter-ego Lynneguist, she also writes the Separated by a Common Language blog – which has been voted one of the top language blogs in the UK. You can follow @lynneguist on Twitter.

8pm – upstairs at the Elephant and Castle. Non-members welcome (£3)

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