Palantir Info-Session and Talk

Information Session | August 25 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge (430)

 John Grant, Director of Privacy and Civil Liberties Engineering, Palantir

 Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences (EECS)

The future of our fundamental liberties will be shaped not just by legislators and lawyers but also more and more by engineers - but are they ready for the responsibility?

In a world where even seemingly minor decisions about technical architecture can have profound ramifications for the power of governments and individuals, engineers must be far more cognizant of their power and be able to make informed design decisions that take into account not just the performance of their technology but its broader effect on society.

In this interactive discussion, John Grant, Director of Privacy and Civil Liberties Engineering at Palantir Technologies and co-author of The Architechture of Privacy (O'Reilly 2015), talks about the history of engineers as architects of freedom as well as technology and then walks through a practical exercise in how to spot privacy and civil liberties issues in everyday technical decisions and design technical capabilities to address them.

Resumes will be accepted and La Burrita and drinks will be served!