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Hawkeye Lunch & Learn: Big Data, Big Brother

You are invited to the upcoming Hawkeye Lunch & Learn lecture titled Big Data, Big Brother, presented by Zubair Shafiq, Assistant Professor of Computer Science. This lecture is free and open to the public, however, an RSVP is encouraged.

RSVP by clicking on the "I'm Going" button on the event page, and following the login instructions. Friends and Alumni will be prompted to create an account the first time they register for a University of Iowa event. Please contact if you encounter any technical issues. Attendees are invited to bring their lunch, and drinks and desserts will be provided.

The "free" Web is powered by a multi-billion dollar online advertising industry. Advertisers track users across the Web to show them targeted advertisements. Professor Shafiq will discuss the scope of online tracking, including its implications on user privacy and government surveillance. He will also discuss current UI research on increasing transparency to empower users to limit online tracking. This lecture is sponsored by the University of Iowa Provost's Office of Outreach & Engagement. To view upcoming lectures in the Hawkeye Lunch & Learn lecture series visit Participants are encouraged to take five minutes to complete the Our Lives Online Theme Semester Survey to become eligible to receive prize giveaways this semester.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Office of Outreach & Engagement in advance at 319-335-0684.

Tuesday, March 7 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

John and Mary Pappajohn Education Center, Room 201
1200 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA

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College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Department of Computer Science, Office of the Provost, College of Medicine, Human Genetics

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Outreach Iowa, Theme Semester




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Jade Manternach

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Recent Activity

Sharon Simmons

Sharon Simmons left a positive review 3/6/2017

Excellent lecture. Speaker was obviously very knowledgable and yet spoke in terms understood by those less well informed about the issue.

Karma Cahill

Karma Cahill left a positive review 3/6/2017

This was an extremely interesting and important tlak. Well thought out, excellent presentation on a very important topic.

Barnett Devine

Barnett Devine left a positive review 3/6/2017

Excellent presentation. Motivated me to actually make a change in usage and convinced me to dig deeper into the subject.

Norbert Kaut

Norbert Kaut left a positive review 3/6/2017

Very good introduction to a complex topic. Extremely important that more people become better informed about privacy and digital security issues. Also important that people not come to believe they know more than they think they know. Have an open mind and keep digging!

Jenna Herr

Jenna Herr left a positive review 3/8/2017

The Big Data, Big Brother lecture was incredibly valuable and interesting. Dr. Shafiq presented evidence about privacy and surveillance in a very easy-to-understand format, and he offered practical advice to mitigate internet privacy concerns. Moreover, he presented issues that I had not already heard about from other sources. After attending the Lunch and Learn lecture in Des Moines, I left feeling more aware and educated about internet privacy, and Dr. Shafiq's lecture prepared me to be a more vigilant consumer.