Harker will host a special report from Congressman Mike Honda’s Youth Advisory Board on the timely topic of social networking and privacy concerns. The board will report their findings at the event, slated to occur on Sun., May 6, at noon, in the upper school’s Nichols Hall auditorium.
In addition to Congressman Honda and student speakers, special guest panelists will include a U.S. Secret Service agent, a Facebook employee and an Egyptian activist.
The Secret Service agent will be discussing issues relating to privacy online, including what information is used by hackers and identity thieves, how much information can be accessed by law enforcement and how online investigations of people are conducted.
The Facebook employee will talk about the growing problem of cyber bullying, and what measures are being taken to address it.
The Egyptian activist will speak on the impact that Facebook, Twitter and other social networks are having on the Arab Spring, as well as their uses as communications tools.
The Youth Advisory Board comprises students from approximately 20 local district high schools. Dylan Qian is Harker’s senior student representative this year.
Although the event is focused primarily on students, it is open to the public and parents are welcome to attend.