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Writing for the Public: Op-Eds, Book Proposals, and Everything in Between
Wednesday, November 13
2:30 pm Room 116
Speaker: Konstantin Kakaes (Simons Institute Journalist In Residence)

All Simons Institute visitors are invited to a short workshop where we will discuss how to write for a non-specialist audience, at a range of lengths, and how to get journalists interested in your work, if you’d like them to be. We’ll discuss how to successfully pitch op-eds to editors—and how to effectively write them. We’ll talk about longer articles as well, along with book proposals for trade books.

workshop: Blockchain in Society: Applications, Economics, Law, and Ethics
Monday, November 18Friday, November 22
Calvin Lab auditorium

Blockchains have demonstrated that it is possible to provide a societal function, namely fiat money, that has so far required a central trusted party. This surprising fact compels further study: what other societal functions are technically feasible to achieve via decentralized systems? Which of these are socially desirable? What are the economic, legal, and ethical implications?

Indeed, the combination of proofs and consensus promises decentralized versions of functions that are currently top-down or centralized: PKIs, contracts, banking, markets, auctions, and elections. Meanwhile, the absence of authorities raises questions in social science, such as the proper distribution of power across stakeholders (miners, developers, users, regulators). Other questions surround the legality and ethics of blockchains (example: when there is no central party to complain to, how does one remove harmful content from the blockchain?).

This workshop will consider the implications of combining proofs and consensus. We will highlight research that studies intriguing new applications as well as the fascinating and urgent economic, legal, and ethical questions.

workshop: Lower Bounds in Computational Complexity Reunion
Monday, December 9Thursday, December 12
Calvin Lab Auditorium

This reunion workshop is for long-term participants in the program "Lower Bounds in Computational Complexity" held in the Fall 2018 semester. It will provide an opportunity to meet old and new friends. Moreover, we hope that it will give everyone a chance to reflect on the progress made during the semester and since, and sketch which directions the field should go in the future. In an effort to keep things informal and to encourage open discussion, none of the activities will be recorded. Participation in the workshop is by invitation only.

workshop: Foundations of Data Science Reunion
Monday, December 16Thursday, December 19
Calvin Lab

This reunion workshop is for long-term participants in the program "Foundations of Data Science" held in the Fall 2018 semester. It will provide an opportunity to meet old and new friends. Moreover, we hope that it will give everyone a chance to reflect on the progress made during the semester and since, and sketch which directions the field should go in the future. In an effort to keep things informal and to encourage open discussion, none of the activities will be recorded. Participation in the workshop is by invitation only.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, November 13
Writing for the Public: Op-Eds, Book Proposals, and Everything in Between
Konstantin Kakaes (Simons Institute Journalist In Residence)
2:30 pm Room 116
Monday, November 18Friday, November 22
workshop: Blockchain in Society: Applications, Economics, Law, and Ethics
Calvin Lab auditorium
Monday, December 9Thursday, December 12
workshop: Lower Bounds in Computational Complexity Reunion
Calvin Lab Auditorium
Monday, December 16Thursday, December 19
workshop: Foundations of Data Science Reunion
Calvin Lab