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October 2017

Mapping Climate Change: Contested Futures in New York City’s Flood Zone

Thursday, October 19 @ 5:00 pm
MIT Building 56, Room 114, Access via 21 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Explore how certain places come to be seen as “at risk” in anticipation of climate change, and what this way of seeing means for their inhabitants. Drawing on fieldwork over four years in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the talk will focus on the fraught development and implementation of new FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) flood maps for New York City, where hundreds of thousands of people and billions of dollars in property now lie in the high-risk flood zone.

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Cloud Policy: Anatomy of a Regulatory Crisis

Thursday, October 26 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
MIT Building 56, Room 114, Access via 21 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Jennifer Holt examines the legal and cultural crises surrounding the regulation of data in “the cloud.” The complex landscape of laws and policies governing digital data are currently rife with unresolvable conflicts. The challenges of distributing and protecting digital data in a policy landscape that is simultaneously local, national, and global have created problems that often defy legal paradigms, national boundaries, and traditional geographies of control.

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November 2017

Fall 2017 Alumni Panel: Matthew Weise, Karen Schrier Shaenfield, Ainsley Sutherland, and Sean Flynn

Thursday, November 16 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
MIT Building 56, Room 114, Access via 21 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Join us for this year's alumni panel, when we hear from four alums of the graduate program in Comparative Media Studies as they discuss their experience at MIT and what their careers have looked like in the fields a CMS degree prepared them for.

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December 2017

The Emotional Politics of Piracy, Or Why We Feel Intellectual Property Infringement as National Trauma

Thursday, December 7 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
MIT Building 56, Room 114, Access via 21 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Anjali Vat: "The everdayness and banality of piratical trauma fuels desires for intellectual property maximalism and intellectual property criminalization, which reproduce the very conditions which gave rise to the trauma."

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