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Professor emeritus Tom Allen to speak at High Noon Oct. 24

Computer Science Professor Emeritus Tom Allen retired from the Furman faculty in 2018 after a 31-year teaching career.

Tom Allen, Daniel Distinguished Professor of Computer Science Emeritus at Furman University, will examine some of the prominent ways in which hackers sought to tamper with the 2016 U.S. presidential election when he speaks at the High Noon fall lecture series Wednesday, October 24.

The High Noon series takes place at the Upcountry History Museum-Furman.

His talk, “Phishing, Twitter Bombs and Trolls: How to Hack an American Presidential Election,” begins at noon at the Upcountry History Museum-Furman University. It is free and open to the public.

Allen’s talk is the second of four lectures in the fall series. The other Furman speakers are Politics and International Affairs professors Danielle Vinson (October 31) and Jim Guth (November 7), who will share their thoughts on the midterm election, both before and after.

Allen says that while digital media and communications have provided significant advantages for many aspects of our lives, they have also introduced new vulnerabilities with unexpected consequences for a normal, functioning democracy.

All lectures begin at noon and last one hour.  The Upcountry History Museum/Furman is located at 540 Buncombe Street in downtown Greenville’s Heritage Green area. The complete fall schedule is available here.

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