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Tim Wu

Columbia University law professor and The New York Times columnist Tim Wu has been addressing issues regarding technology, net neutrality and corporate monopolies since 2008. As part of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s Better Tomorrow Speaker Series, his public address “Attention Hacking: How We’ve Lost Control of Our Minds,” will be held on Thursday, February 20, 6:30 p.m. in UH Mānoa’s Art Auditorium.

As a founder of net neutrality theory, Wu is one of the country’s leading voices on the rise of big technology and its social and economic consequences. Wu’s talk will discuss the deep impact big technology companies like Amazon, Facebook and Google have on the public, how those companies command people’s attention in the modern world and the influence big technology has on decisions that people make.

The public talk will feature remarks by State Supreme Court Justice Sabrina McKenna and UH President David Lassner. The event is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. On-campus parking is available for $7.

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Wu is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, has been named twice on the Politico 50 list and has been teaching at Columbia Law School since 2006, where he is currently the Julius Silver Professor of Law, Science and Technology. He is the author of The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires, The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age and The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside our Heads.

Wu’s public talk is presented by UH Mānoa and the Better Tomorrow Speaker Series. Additional sponsors include the College of Social Sciences, the Hawaiʻi Community Foundation, the Kahala Hotel and Resort, Kamehameha Schools, Scholars Strategy Network, School of Communications and the William S. Richardson School of Law.

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