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Panel on Media, Polarization and Technology at Seton Hall

Alex Torpey December 8, 2020 3


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I joined, Vin Gopal, NJ State Senator 11th District and Robert Pallitto, Professor of Political Science and Public Administration, Seton Hall University to talk about civic engagement, polarization, and social media.

We have some serious hurdles in front of us with regard to how we better structure the technology that we use on a daily basis. And beyond that, we have major conceptual failings with how we implement technology.

For example, tampering with someone’s mail through USPS is a federal offense that can carry a fine up to $250,000 and up to five years in federal prison. However, secretly observing, storing and selling far more personal/private data is the literal business of many companies such as Google, Facebook, and Amazon. Why the double standards? Do we believe private information should be protected if it is printed onto paper, but not if it is transferred digitally? Do our actions and values align with how we approach digital privacy?

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Alex Torpey

From serving as mayor (non party affiliated) of his hometown of South Orange at age 23, a municipal business administrator, founder of a digital consulting firm, an emergency management director and volunteer EMT, and as a graduate level adjunct professor, management consultant, mentor and speaker, Alex Torpey brings together his uniquely diverse experiences to help provide us a platform to rethink the future of our communities, our republic, and ourselves.

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