Urgent Museum Notice

Fresh Talk

Fresh Talk: Privacy for Sale

Event Details

Event Date and Time

Sun, May 15, 2022
4:30 to 6 pm

Tickets and Reservations

Free. Reserve online.



A computer screen shows a dark-skinned adult woman with short, dark, bushy hair holds up a smooth, white mask to obscure her face. Layered over the mask are a constellation of red dots connected by blue lines, and in the corner of the screen are the words ‘Face Detected.’
Join us for a conversation about what we sell, what we gain, and what we lose in this digital age.

Event Description

Privacy for Sale

The rise of the digital age has drastically changed the world that we live in. We share our private lives on social media, our cell phones track our movements, and algorithms determine what we are exposed to. This Fresh Talk will examine what we sell, what we gain, and what we lose. Join us for a conversation featuring women artists who work with data and experts in the tech industry.

Scholar, writer, and activist Shoshana Zuboff warns us that “We’ve stumbled into a future that we did not and would not choose. Information spaces that people assume to be public are ruled by surveillance capitalism for maximum profit. This tragedy leaves a trail of social wreckage in its wake.” Join us for a conversation with Zuboff and filmmaker Shalini Kantayya (Coded Bias) about the significance of the buying and selling of our private information and how that data is used to manipulate us and obstruct solutions to larger social change issues. Learn actions you can take to regain privacy and change the impact the race for profit has on democracy.

“We can’t fix all our problems at once, but we won’t be able to fix any of them unless we reclaim the sanctity of information integrity and trustworthy communications as a necessary precondition to the resolution of all our emergencies, from the breakdown of social solidarity to the fate of the earth and survival of democracy itself.”—Shoshana Zuboff

With special thanks to Denise Sobel for sponsoring this event. This program is available for free to the public, but if you would like to support the museum, please make a $10 donation. This program will not be recorded or made available after the program.

Women, Arts, and Social Change is a public programs initiative that highlights the power of women and the arts as catalysts for change. Fresh Talk, the initiative’s signature program, features cause-driven conversations with leading artists, designers, activists, social innovators, and others.