Category Archives: Humanités

The DarkNet with Jamie Bartlett

An insight into the underground world of the dark nets which overlay the public Internet, are not indexed by search engines and require specific software, configurations or authorisation to access and navigate them. Jamie Bartlett talked about his book The Dark Net and his immersion in the Internet’s most shocking and unexplored subcultures, from making purchases on the Amazon of drugs to hanging with Bitcoin anarchists to exploring the encrypted world of the Tor network. Jamie described meeting with the real people who are part of the net’s most hidden spaces and discussed the darker side of life online, and what online anonymity does to human behaviour and belief – both good and bad.

This talk was hosted by Laurence Mackin, arts editor of The Irish Times and editor of The Ticket and took place on Wednesday, September 30th.


Privacy in a Digital Age: Keynote Presentation by Bruce Schneier

Personal privacy is critical to the exercise of free speech and free thought. Lack of privacy suppresses access to ideas and undermines democratic well-being. In today’s digital world there are a number of trends that threaten to impinge on citizens’ privacy, including increased surveillance of electronic communications by public agencies and the gathering and use of online personal data for commercial purposes. This seminar, co-sponsored by Carnegie UK Trust, explores the key debates regarding privacy and the role that public libraries can play in this arena.

Bruce Schneier is a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School.