Cafe Inquiry

Tuesday, September 24th 2013 at 7:00 pm
Tuesday, September 24th 2013 at 9:00 pm
Hill Center DC, 921 Pennsylvania Ave SE (Eastern Market Metro), Washington, DC 20003

Note Location: We will be in Walt Whitman Room. Entrance is on 9th St SE. Elevator access available. Overflow room available in case of higher turnout to ensure all attendees receive adequate opportunities to participate.

Cafe Inquiry is our monthly casual get-together to meet people and discuss topics of science and humanism.

This month's discussion: What is the proper sphere of personal privacy, and should it still be respected? Should government and corporate surveillance of individuals be permitted, and if so how much?

What should government agencies like the NSA be able to surveil, and for what purposes? Most people would accept secrecy and surveillance in order to protect national security, but to what degree is that justification open to abuse?

Some people in the information technology sector claim that privacy is unrealistic in the computer age. Should technology trump the law, or be made to conform to it? Do people automatically give up their privacy when they use social media? If so, why? Is there a significant difference between government and commercial surveillance? Should Facebook be made into a public, or quasi-public, virtual space?

How should the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution be interpreted in our present circumstances, and what protections should it provide?

No outside food or drink allowed. Free and open to the public.

We are also planning to go out for food and/or drinks afterwards.

Interested in leading a discussion or have someone to recommend? Please contact us at dc[at]

The venue is wheelchair accessible. People with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations or who have questions about physical access may email sdavis [at] centerforinquiry [dot] net in advance of the event.