Privacy issues surrounding post-9/11 surveillance and the electronic harvesting of personal information are at the forefront of current debate.

This topic will be the theme of Fordham University’s spring symposium, “Privacy Rights and Wrongs: Balancing Moral Priorities for the 21st Century” on Tuesday, April 21.

The all-day conference features speakers from the worlds of politics, law, theology and philosophy participating in panel discussions on subjects such as:

  • What is Privacy in the 21st Century?;
  • Privacy in the Age of Terrorism; and
  • Privacy, Technology and the Flow of Personal Information.

Amitai Etzioni, University Professor of International Affairs and Director of the Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies at The George Washington University, will deliver the keynote address on “The Key to Limiting Privacy is Oversight.”

The day’s proceedings will be summed up in a session moderated by Celia Fisher, Ph.D., director of the Center for Ethics Education and the Marie Ward Doty Professor of Psychology at Fordham.

“Every year, the center aims to promote a greater public understanding of the world in which we live,” Fisher said. “Through informed perspectives from a variety of disciplines, this conference provides an exciting opportunity to explore the increasingly complex privacy questions surrounding post-9/11 surveillance and the use of the Internet to harvest personal information.”

The conference, which takes place at Fordham’s McNally Amphitheatre, is free and open to the public. RSVP to (718) 817-0926 or [email protected].

The event is co-sponsored by the University’s Center for Ethics Education and its Center on Law and Information Policy.