In Week Three, the Chautauqua Institution explored the ethics of privacy from the media and government to social media platforms. Experience the Week Three morning lectures and speakers all over again through the Chautauquans busy tweeting and Instagramming in this week’s Storify recap.
On Monday in the Amphitheater, Jeffrey Rosen examined the right to privacy through a constitutional frame, exploring both historic and hypothetical cases in which privacy clashed with security or freedom of speech, or was conflated with property rights.
Imagine that the government decided to announce a new security program — call it Open Planet. Under the program, tiny cameras mounted on drones would roam through the skies, with the capacity to follow any citizen from door to door 24 hours a day, broadcasting his or her movements on the Internet. Imagine that the government used the Open Planet to follow you without a judicial warrant and then recorded and posted on YouTube the footage of every step you take in public, 24 hours a day, for a month.
Jeffrey Rosen works in constitutional heaven. The CEO and president of the National Constitution Center lives out what he called his life’s passion, discussing and moderating dialogue on modern constitutional arguments. Rosen will speak at 10:45 a.m. today in the Amphitheater, beginning this week’s morning lecture series on “The Ethics of Privacy.”