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Privacy vs. Security in the Digital Age

October 7, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 5:00 pm EDT

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The idea of “privacy” has undergone significant changes in the digital age and in many ways it can be argued that there is no privacy in the digital spectrum. While the founding fathers granted citizens significant protections in the Constitution which guaranteed the right of privacy, the events of September 11th unleased what some view as a “dragnet” of unwarranted privacy intrusions.

John Doughty will give a talk entitled “Privacy vs. Security in the Digital Age – How We Got Here, Where We’re Going, and Future Threats” on Wednesday, October 7, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the Rockport Opera House Conference Room.  This event is free and open to all.

This program will take a look at the history of governmental digital surveillance, and how it grew into the large program it is today. We’ll talk about existing and future threats in the digital divide; how terrorist organizations, criminals, and foreign governments are utilizing the Internet to attain their goals; the role of technology in our lives; and the ways smart technology and the burgeoning “Internet of Things” leave us vulnerable to attack.

This program will also include a real-time look at global cyberattacks, and a discussion of what kinds of privacy tradeoffs are necessary for protection from cybercriminals.

John Doughty is currently Vice President and Director of Research for R. M. Davis, Inc. in Portland, Maine. John leads the firm’s research effort and is Chair of the Investment Committee. In addition, he focuses on the Energy sector of the economy in his research and presents regularly on global economic and market trends to business partners in the community. Prior to joining R. M. Davis, Inc., John was a Vice President of Equity Research at Credit Suisse First Boston in New York. Before joining Credit Suisse, John was a Vice President of Fixed Income Research at Bear Stearns in New York. John also was a Senior Financial Analyst for Bath Iron Works, after completing the company’s two year Management Development Internship program. John earned his B.A. (cum laude) in History and Government and Legal Studies from Bowdoin College and his MBA in Finance and Marketing from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. John also completed graduate course work in Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago. He is a member of the CFA Institute, the Maine CFA Society, the Boston Security Analysts Society, the National Association of Petroleum Investment Analysts, and the Foreign Policy Association. John has served on numerous community boards. Presently, he serves on the Pine Tree Council’s Investment Committee, the Maine Historical Society’s Board of Trustees, the World Affairs Council of Maine’s Board of Directors, and the Camden Conference’s Board of Directors.

Hosted by the Rockport Public Library, this event is offered as a free community event in anticipation of the 29th Annual Camden Conference: The New Africa, February 19-21, 2016.

The mission of the Camden Conference is to foster informed discourse on world issues. For more information, visit, email, or call 207-236-1034.



October 7, 2015
6:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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Rockport Opera House
6 Central Street
Rockport, ME 04856 United States
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