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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.

Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Iowa Memorial Union (IMU), Iowa Theater
125 North Madison Street, Iowa City, Iowa

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

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Outreach Iowa, Theme Semester




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Jade Manternach

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Recent Activity

Diana Cox

Diana Cox left a positive review 3/8/2017

I definitely learned a lot about tracking. I intend to forward the video website to others to watch so they are informed of this information, as well. I am glad I went.

Christine Tabak

Christine Tabak left a positive review 3/8/2017

I've been to several Lunch & Learn sessions, and this one was my favorite. Zubair Shafiq handled a technical topic with an eye toward a general audience in very engaging way. Attendees came away with a desire to learn more about the topic, and a short list of tools and suggestions that are free and easy to implement to deal with the issue of online privacy. Thank you, Professor Shafiq!

John Marmet

John Marmet left a positive review 3/10/2017

This was a very informative lecture. I'm really glad I went. Thank you for hosting these lectures.

Karlyn Larson

Karlyn Larson left a positive review 3/8/2017

Very informative. Thanks!

Diane Bedell

Diane Bedell left a positive review 3/8/2017

Working in student services, I interact with students a lot - but rarely catch such fascinating glimpses into what goes on in the lecture room or research lab. Prof. Shafiq was an engaging presenter and opened my eyes - widely - to the dangers of big data. Very, very interesting presentation. Makes me proud to be a (small) part of this campus!

Satish Khera

Satish Khera 3/10/2017

Very informative and educational. Easy to understand language and presentation. This kind of information should be presented for all faculty and students in all colleges. Scary to know what others can know about me. Than you for the awakening.

Thomas Dunn

Thomas Dunn 3/10/2017

Excellent program! Very engaging presentation with lots of interesting data.