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Facebook’s user agreement discussed at STEM Café

DeKALB – Learn about the science and philosophy behind social media and gain practical tips to guide your own social media use at the next STEM Café from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 15 at Fatty’s Pub and Grille in DeKalb.

The session will feature professor David Gunkel and assistant professor Andrea L. Guzman of the Northern Illinois University Department of Communication.

A global expert on the philosophy of technology, as well as a web programmer and interactive media designer, Gunkel seeks to understand human interaction with technology and its broader social consequences.

At the STEM Café, he’ll explain how terms of service agreements structure, organize and control online social activities, and he’ll provide a set of practical guidelines for using and interacting with social networks like Facebook, which Gunkel describes as “a kind of survival guide for responding to and dealing with current problems.”

Guzman, a communication scholar who studies human-machine communication, has presented her research globally on technology design and its implications for privacy and data collection. In February, she was one of a select group of scholars and industry professionals to be invited to a meeting at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California, to discuss how the social sciences can help inform the technology sector.

NIU STEM Cafés are designed to increase public awareness of the critical role that STEM fields play in our everyday lives. NIU’s P-20 Center sponsors these events. This event is free and open to the public. Food and drinks will be available for purchase from Fatty’s.

For information, contact Judith Dymond at 815-753-4751 or email jdymond@niu.edu.

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