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‘Dr. King’s message is universal’

01/16/20 - BOSTON, MA. -Students, faculty and staff filled the 17th Floor of East Village for A Tribute to the Dream: A Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 16, 2020. The event featured a conversation between Jospeh E. Aoun, president of Northeastern, and Patricia J. Williams, University Distinguished Professor of Law and Humanities, as well as a musical selection by Tolu Faderin and Felisha Cabral. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

Accountability and responsibility in the digital age were the central themes of a conversation in celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  on Thursday at Northeastern.

In the discussion, hosted by Joseph E. Aoun, president of Northeastern, Patricia J. Williams, University Distinguished Professor of law and humanities, said the digital age is reclassifying people as consumers, and creating new social hierarchies that are essentially soulless.

The algorithms that tech companies such as Google and Facebook use to mine information are sources of mystery to the hundreds of millions of users who are exposed and exploited by the invasions of their privacy, said Williams, who has authored several books on critical race theory and gender theory.

Read the full story at News@Northeastern.

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