Hot Topic Programs

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The internet continues to shape the way we live, the way we work, and so much in between—including our very identities. Three new hot topic programs have been recently added that explore this evolving relationship—be sure to check them out:

Hot Topic: Below the Surface: Diving into the Deep Dark Web
Sunday, July 17 • 2:30 p.m.

Consider the iceberg: As massive as it looks, you can only see approximately 10 percent of it—the rest is hidden from view, below the surface of the ocean. Like the iceberg, the modern internet houses an enormous store of secrets below its surface, on the Deep Web—whose contents are not indexed by standard search engines. Offering portals to worlds illicit, altruistic, or simply mundane, the Deep Web could be a powerful resource for legal research. How do you access the Deep Web, and can you do so anonymously? Can the Deep Web contain information to help your case? Learn the secrets and challenges of navigating the deep, dark waters of the internet.

Hot Topic: The Future of Our Digital Memory
Monday, July 18 • 11:15 a.m.

Librarians have always been at the forefront in building and curating information sources to support inquiry and to preserve human history. In her recent book, When We Are No More: How Digital Memory is Shaping Our Future, writer and historian Abby Smith Rumsey discusses one of our most important 21st century challenges—the future of our digital memory. In a conversation with Ms. Rumsey and Professor Howard Rosenbaum of the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University, this challenge will be explored, along with its implications in an age of exponentially growing information. If you wonder about the future of librarianship, join us to consider the profession's key role in ensuring our digital legacy.

iSpy: Hot Topics in Internet Privacy
Monday, July 18 • 2:00 p.m.

How many things did you reveal about yourself online today? Your opinion of a colleague? Your credit card number? Your photos from last night? And where does that information go? Offline, we have established legal rights—from the right to privacy to the right to a fair trial. But those rights are being overridden online. As many individuals have already learned the hard way, the same power of information sharing that can topple governments can also topple a person's career, marriage, finances, or even his or her future. This session will describe how our digital identities on the web (email, personal websites, web searches, and social media pages) are starting to overshadow our physical identities—and what we as individuals and librarians can do about it.