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Special Programs - The Use and Abuse of Data in the 21st Century

Recent revelations about government agencies collecting data on US citizens has raised concerns about privacy and the misuse of information technologies. At the same time, public-private partnerships are using data in innovative ways to solve problems and spur development. Speakers will examine the perils and potential for the collection and use of data in our society.

No registration is required.  Please join us!


Jay Stanley
Jay Stanley
Senior Policy Analyst, ACLU

Jay Stanley (@JayCStanley) is Senior Policy Analyst with the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy and Technology Project, where he researches, writes and speaks about technology-related privacy and civil liberties issues and their future.  He is the Editor of the ACLU's "Free Future" blog and has authored and co-authored a variety of influential ACLU reports on privacy and technology topics. Before joining the ACLU, he was an analyst at the technology research firm Forrester, served as American politics editor of Facts on File’s World News Digest, and as national newswire editor at Medialink. He is a graduate of Williams College and holds an M.A. in American History from the University of Virginia.

Michael Diedrick
President, Byte Studios and founding member of the Milwaukee Data Initiative

After studying architecture and design, Michael started Byte Studios in Milwaukee in 1998 to do what he loved the most: design and programming. He hired a team of the best people he knew at his university and started creating websites for DAF Corp, the people that became The Dickman Company, Lakefront Brewery, Milwaukee Public Radio, Summerfest and CBS58.  (DAF Corp and Dickman are still clients today.) In 15 years, he's led Byte to work with brands including Sephora, Givaudan and Diagio/Jose Cuervo.

While at Byte, Michael opened The National, an award-winning, local, sustainable and organic restaurant two doors down from the Studios. He subsequently sold it for $100 to one of Milwaukee's most promising chefs. It made the news. In Canada. And the UK.

Before founding Byte Studios, Michael worked as a short course instructor, systems manager and information technology trainer and practitioner for I&MT at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, which is where Michael studied architecture and art. He graduated with an BFA in graphic design.

More info about Milwaukee Data Initiative at


Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

ACLU of Wisconsin

Wisconsin Public Radio

February 18, 2014
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
UWM Fireside Lounge
2200 E Kenwood Blvd
Milwaukee ,WI 53211
Cost (single lecture/series)
General Public: $0 / $0
IWA Member: $0 / $0
All Area Student & UWM Community Members: $0 / $0