[act-ma] January 2016

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highly valued Cambridge Forum supporters!  Please remember to come to our first 
event of 2016, this coming Wednesday, January 27 at 7 P.M. It promises to be a very
edifying evening with two fine speakers and the opportunity to put your questions
to two experts in this complex debate.
Thanks to all of you for the generous gifts we have received in the past few weeks,
but a reminder that it is not too late for those of you who have forgotten to send
in your donations.  It is vital that you maintain your fiscal support as it provides
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mail off your check today or alternatively, you can contribute via the paypal link
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Mark you calendars please - the second event in our "Deep Globalization" series 
is on February 3rd with Professor Sherry Turtle as we discuss the impact of digital
technology on human behavior - namely our ability to converse.

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Please brave the cold on Wednesday; we value your participation and you know it 
is worth the effort!
Best wishes for a productive and peaceful 2016,
Mary Stack

After the Paris terrorist attacks, many feel that the world has entered a new and
terrible "reign of terror". We start our new Deep Globalizationseries by considering
the challenge of balancing security concerns with protecting our privacy. Can we
 track down terrorists who use encryption to communicate & coordinate attacks, while
simultaneously safeguarding our own personal data?
Greg Nojeim directs the Freedom, Security, and Technology Project at the Center 
for Democracy & Technology in Washington.  The project is dedicated to keeping the
Internet free and open and protecting privacy in the digital age against surveillance
and government intrusion.
Daniel 'DJ' Rosenthal recently left the White House where he served as Director 
for Counterterrorism on the National Security Council. While at the NSC, he advised
President Obama and senior Administration officials on a wide range of matters including
emerging cyber threats and the expanded use of new encryption technologies. Rosenthal
also teaches "National Security Dilemmas" at the University of Maryland.
This event will take place at 7 PM in the Parlor at 3 Church Street in Cambridge
 MA 02138.

Most conversations today involve distracted people looking at their phones and not
their partners. This, according to Sherry Turkle, is leading to a "crisis of empathy"
at work, at home and in our public life. Turkle is Professor of the Social Studies
of Science and Technology at MIT, and spent four decades studying the relationship
between people and technology. Her current research indicates that the decline in
thoughtful face-to-face dialogue constitutes an epidemic and that in moving from
 "conversation to mere connection", we are losing our humanity.
If you would like to join Sherry Turkle for a real, live face-to-face, conversation
you are most welcome!
7:00 pm on February 3 at 1445 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Sherry Turkle is Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology in the
Program in Science, Technology, and Society at MIT and the director of the MIT Initiative
on Technology and Self.
Her newest book Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age (Penguin
Press, October 2015), is a call to action. "It is not an anti-technology book but
a pro-conversation book!" according to Turkle, which illustrates how fleeing from
conversation undermines our relationships, creativity, and productivity.
WGBH Forum Network
Wen Stephenson's program about Climate Justice is now available to watch - hit the
link. http://forum-network.org/lectures/dispatches-front-lines-climate-justice/ 

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