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Lyceum Society March 2020


for Members

Lyceum Society March 2020

Monday, March 2, 2020, 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM EST

The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich St Fl 40, New York

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Established in 1993, The Lyceum Society is comprised of the Academy’s retired and semi-retired Members. These Members are from diverse backgrounds, have different areas of scientific interest and expertise, and have practiced many professions. Their disciplines include Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Chemical and Physical Sciences, Mathematics and Information Sciences, Social Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, Dentistry, and many others.

The Society hosts convivial monthly meetings at the Academy. These meetings feature lectures and discussions with scientists from around the world, and also provide participating Members with the opportunity to give self-directed presentations and seminars based on their own specialties or new research interests. All Academy Members are welcome.

All Lyceum meetings (except December) are Brown Bag lunches.

For more information about the Lyceum Society, click here.


Nonmember Student, Undergrad, Grad, Fellow
Member Student, Post-Doc, Fellow


March 02, 2020

11:30 AM

Brown Bag Lunch

12:45 PM

The Maturing Internet: Benefits and High-risk Disadvantages


Bill Rosser


  • Instant, direct world-wide access for a majority of the population;
  • Comprehensive information resource  e.g Wikipedia
  • Vast communications - from any one to billions of others and vice versa

High-risk Disadvantages

  • Minimizes face-to-face, anonymity can reduce inhibitions
  • Enables radical ideas to find and grow followers and amplify the message
  • Content not verifiable, cannot be erased, can aim to cause chaos
  • Enables huge threat to privacy via surveillance, capture, and manipulation

Implications: What should (can we) do?