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Coming up on Connections: Monday, July 22

Jul 22, 2019

First hour: Discussing the results of the Northeast Safety Committee survey on events following the Puerto Rican Festival

Second hour: Understanding FaceApp and what happens to user data submitted to social media apps and websites

We discuss the results of a survey that collected committee feedback about celebrations following the annual Puerto Rican Festival. In October, the Northeast Safety Committee asked residents in Monroe County and beyond to share their opinions about post-festival celebrations. In previous years, the events on the Sunday night following the festival -- which are not organized by the Puerto Rican Festival or Puerto Rican Parade -- have been marked by disorderly behavior and sometimes dangerous incidents. The committee hopes the survey results will help them find a peaceful and safe way to celebrate Puerto Rican culture after the festival. We talk to the committee members about what they learned. In studio:

  • Annette Ramos, member of the Northeast Safety Committee
  • Rose Mary Villarrubia-Izzo, member of the Northeast Safety Committee
  • Anthony Plonczynski, member of the Northeast Safety Committee
  • Anthony Nunez, member of the Northeast Safety Committee

Then in our second hour, have you tried FaceApp, the social media app that shows you what you might look like in your twilight years? Many users expressed concerns about privacy when they learned FaceApp's developer is based in Russia. Experts say the concerns about security are largely overblown, but they're glad users are thinking about privacy. What actually happens to your data when you submit it to apps or websites, either willingly or without knowing? Our guests help us understand how the technology works and our rights related to privacy. In studio:

  • Scott Malouf, attorney whose practice is focused on the intersection of social media and the law 
  • Jonathan Weissman, senior lecturer in the Department of Computing Security at RIT
  • Emily Hessney Lynch, social media strategist and founder of Serve Me the Sky Digital