LOGAN – Think about the introduction of the automobile, the television and the cell phone. Each brought us innovation and convenience, but each also brought distinct disadvantages. The Internet is no different. While the World Wide Web allows us to communicate and access information at the touch of a keyboard, it can also make us vulnerable to criminals.Computer scientist Chad Mano explores this issue at the Science Unwrapped presentation “Have We Created a Monster? The Internet’s ‘Good, Bad and Ugly’” Friday, Sept. 24, at Utah State University. His talk, hosted by USU’s College of Science, begins at 7 p.m. in the Emert Auditorium, Room 130, of the Eccles Science Learning Center on campus. Admission is free and open to all ages.”The Web is an amazing tool but, unfortunately, in the virtual society we’ve created we haven’t left behind the ills of society in general,” says Mano, assistant professor in USU’s Department of Computer Science. “We’ll talk about how the Internet begin, how it’s evolved and the impact it has on our lives.”Following Mano’s presentation, students from USU’s Department of Computer Science, along with members of Logan High School’s Computer Club, will conduct a number of hands-on activities including learning about encryption, taking a computer apart and computer science games. The Utah Education Network will offer tips for kids to stay safe online and the Cache County Sheriff’s Office will offer Web safety advice for parents. Free refreshments will be served.September’s presentation is part of Science Unwrapped’s “Science and Society” series, which continues through the fall.For more information, call 435-797-3517, visit the www.usu.edu/science/unwrapped or find ‘Scinece Unwrapped at USU’ on Facebook.
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