The revelation that the NSA has routinely violated both the letter and spirit of privacy regulations provokes us to reflect on the nature of privacy. Do we know what we mean by privacy, and does it have a history? What do we mean when we speak of privacy as a "right"? To what are we willing to sacrifice privacy? How consistent are our beliefs about privacy, and how consistently do we "practice" it? What do we suffer under surveillance? (What pleasures does it afford?) And, finally, is privacy a good thing?
Speakers: Jean Allman, History; Frank Lovett, Political Science; Linda Nicholson, Women Gender and Sexuality Studies; Bill Maxwell, English; and Neil Richards, Law. Respondent: Liz Sepper, Law.