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Join a Post-Show Discussion

You’re invited to join us for a lively discussion on the set every Thursday night after the show. This event is free and includes complimentary food and drink! Catering provided by Sprezzatura.

Discussion will take place at 9:30pm on the following dates:

Lorrie Cranor

Thursday, September 26
The Art of Privacy with Lorrie Cranor

Lorrie Faith Cranor is a computer science and engineering professor at Carnegie Mellon University and director of the CyLab Security and Privacy Institute. Her research focusses on making security and privacy more usable. She loves to combine her interests in security, privacy, and the arts. In her free time she creates art quilts and fashion designs, sometimes on privacy and security themes. She plays flute and sax, practices yoga, plays soccer, walks to work, and runs after her three teenagers. Find her online at and @lorrietweet.


Diane Hosfelt

Thursday, October 3
Preventing the Virtual Reality Privacy Apocalypse with Diane Hosfelt

Diane Hosfelt is the security and privacy lead for the Mixed Reality team at Mozilla. She studied at Johns Hopkins University where her research was focused in applications of machine learning to cryptography. She’s currently developing new paradigms for privacy and consent in MR environments.


Thursday, October 10
Nina Barbuto and Aurelia AugustaBuilding a Safer Internet with Nina Barbuto and Aurelia Augusta

Nina’s passion for art, new media and social learning led her to found Assemble, a community space for arts + technology, in 2011. On her own, Nina works in a variety of media including architecture, film, sound, and installation and often explores the idea of recycling noise into a system or elevating the vernacular to the spectacular. Nina co-founded I Made It! Market in 2007. An idea based on urban acupuncture, this nomadic market partners with community, arts and non-profit organizations to raise funds and awareness to assist in improving their communities while allowing local artists and crafters to sell their wares. Nina holds degrees in architecture from Southern California Institute of Architecture and Carnegie Mellon University, where she is also adjunct faculty.

Aurelia is a PhD student at Carnegie Mellon working on perceptions of online safety. She has a professional background in large-scale content moderation and online user safety. She has a particular focus and interest on marginalized groups.


David Danks and Susan AltmanThursday, October 17
An Oxford-style Debate About Data Privacy and Ownership

There will be time for questions and comments, and you’ll have an opportunity to vote thumbs up or down on the following proposition:

Resolved: Regulated corporate ownership of personal behavioral data can ensure both privacy and maximal technological innovation and societal efficiency

David Danks is the L.L. Thurstone Professor of Philosophy and Psychology and Head of Carnegie Mellon University’s Department of Philosophy. His research is at the intersection of philosophy, cognitive science, and machine learning, using ideas and frameworks from each to inform the others. His recent work examines how trust and identity are affected by technologies such as self-driving vehicles, autonomous weapons systems, and autonomous cyber-systems.

Susan Altman is a partner at the international law firm K&L Gates, where she navigates businesses through the complexities of today’s technology-enabled commercial transactions, including negotiating licenses of intellectual property rights and addressing privacy and data protection in commercial contracts. Susan is a frequent lecturer on commercial and technology issues affecting companies on the edge of tomorrow.”

This discussion is presented in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University’s K&L Gates Ethics & Computation public programming initiative.


Laura WiensOctober 24
Should we have self-driving cars in Pittsburgh? A panel discussion with Mike Wagner and Laura Chu Wiens

Laura Chu Wiens has been a member of the Pittsburghers for Public Transit (PPT) board since 2013, and the Executive Director of PPT since June 2017. Over the last few years, PPT has won transit service restoration to six communities, and prevented the criminalization of transit fare enforcement. Laura worked with rider-leaders to launch the Riders’ Vision for Public Transit to call for achievable policy improvements to our transit system, and to insist that riders be at the forefront of transit service expansions and planning around transportation technology like autonomous vehicles. She believes in the collective power of people to transform their communities.

Mike Wagner is the CEO of Edge Case Research, a company he founded with Philip Koopman to make autonomy safer. His experience with autonomous vehicles began nearly twenty years ago at Carnegie Mellon University. He built lunar rovers for Red Whittaker, autonomous scientific robots that explored Antarctica, and self driving technology for tackling harsh off road terrain.