4th Street Forum: Privacy: Checking You Out

On February 24th, the 4th Street Forum, a nonpartisan, moderated discussion program broadcast twice weekly by Milwaukee Public Television, is taping a show on “Privacy: Checking You Out”, where I’ll be a member of the expert panel.

If you’re near Milwaukee, please come join the audience. Details below.


Privacy: Checking You Out

For our grandparents, gossip and gumshoes were the great threats to privacy.  Now our data is collected digitally by the government, businesses, social networks, online banking, and even our doctors. How much should today’s hi-tech gumshoes be able to find out about you?

Each forum is taped in front of a studio audience for later broadcast on Milwaukee Public Television, Channel 10.1.  The forums are free and open to the public.  Bring your lunch and a friend.  Join the discussion by asking a question of the guests.

WHERE: Milwaukee Turner Hall, 2nd Floor, 1034 N. 4th Street
Main entrance across from the Bradley Center on 4th (please pardon the construction); elevator access off the parking lot on 4th and Highland.

WITH HOST ENRIQUE FIGUEROA, PhD, Director, Roberto Hernández Center, UW-Milwaukee


  • CHRIS AHMUTY is the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Wisconsin, a position he has held since 1992. The nonprofit organization’s stated mission is to ensure the rights of all people under the laws and Constitution of the United States.
  • BRUCE BOYDEN, JD is a Marquette Law School assistant professor.  He teaches and writes on internet law, privacy, electronic commerce, and computer security law.  Professor Boyden’s interests also include digital rights management.
  • TANNETTE ELIE is an independent on-line news journalist who, in her everyday work, deals with issues of new media and privacy.  For nineteen years, Ms. Elie was a reporter and business columnist for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.  She was one of the first traditional journalists in Milwaukee to embrace twitter as a fundamental part of reporting.
  • MICHAEL ZIMMER, PhD is co-director of the Center for Information Policy Research at UW-Milwaukee.  Dr. Zimmer studies the social, political, and ethical dimensions of new media and information technologies, including privacy and surveillance issues.


  • Milwaukee Public Television will broadcast this forum on Channel 10.1, Friday, 25, 10PM and Sunday, February 27, 9AM.
  • Full-length viewing of past programs are available from our website at http://www.4thStreetForum.org.
  • Programs also run on Time Warner’s, “Wisconsin on Demand,” (WIOD). Check listing.
  • All programs are available from the Milwaukee County Federated Library System.

The program has aired and is available via YouTube:


1 comment

  1. I wish I were still in the area (born and raised, fled Wisconsin as soon as I was legally allowed to do so), sounds like an interesting discussion.

    I got the chance to go home for a month late last year and was reminded just how amazing Milwaukee Public Television is. I have lived all over this country and have to say there is not a single PBS station that can hold a candle to channel 10.

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