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October 30, 2006

Nanofuture: Privacy and Security Series at the Boston Museum of Science:

Worried about your security? Curious about how nanotechnology will affect your life and your children’s future? Join us for Nanofuture: Privacy and Security, an extended forum series exploring the impact of nanotechnology in the Boston area. Your input will help influence policy-makers as they decide how best to limit our exposure to criminals and terrorists while protecting our privacy.
Register for a free series of Nanotechnology forum events: We are seeking people (adults and older teens) who will attend all of the following forum events. This will be a unique opportunity to delve deeply into an important issue of the day, and to be part of a public engagement process which we hope will be fascinating, eye-opening, and fun.

Monday, November 6, 2006 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Doors open at 6:30 pm for a light dinner. Seating is limited, so please register early.  Forum participants will come together to explore the many ways that nanotechnology will contribute to our security while opening up new avenues for invading our privacy. After speaker presentations, you will work in small groups to talk about identifying potential security threats, understanding what privacy is all about and how new technologies will challenge privacy rights, beginning to understand the tradeoffs between privacy and security, and identifying the questions and underlying research that we will need to develop over the course of the Forums to create a list of findings and recommendations.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Join us on Tuesday evening, November 28, 2006 to be in the audience to observe the videotaping of a Fred Friendly Seminar for PBS broadcast. John Hockenberry will moderate the Seminar, a Socratic dialogue exploring many of the same issues as those before the forum. Among the panel members are: Harvard Professor George M. Whitesides; George Nacarra, Federal Director of Security at Logan Airport; Carie Lemack, cofounder of the Families of September 11; Anita Allen-Castillitto, the Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law at University of Pennsylvania Law School; and Alex Jones, Director of the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. (You may attend only the November 28 videotaping without attending the other forums.)

We will reconvene our forum in early January to formalize our conclusions and recommendations. We will prepare a white paper, Nanofuture: Privacy and Security – Results from A Deliberative Forum, for review by the policy-makers who will be defining our future.

To register, please use the following link or paste it into your browser’s address box:
Please enter “FOS11” in the “Where did you hear about this program?”