Panel of information experts to advise students on critical importance of managing their cyber trails

A panel of experts on the criminal and societal dangers that swirl around the issues of information freedom, social media and privacy will advise undergraduate students at Salve Regina University about safely managing their digital footprints when they present a forum on “Internet Use in the Age of Anonymity: Managing Your Cyber Trail.”

The forum, designed to encourage students to reflect on all the consequences of their online presence, will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 23 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Bazarsky Lecture Hall, located in O’Hare Academic Center on Ochre Point Avenue. (While this forum is not open to the public, the media is invited to attend).

“It is so vitally important for our students to consider their online behavior and use of social media,” said Robin Hoffmann, professor of administration of justice and dean of Salve’s Class of 2018.

Panelists will include Alex Ambrosius, a Salve Regina graduate who now works in the office of External Affairs at Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency; Alison Macrina, founder of the Library Freedom Project; Ryan Stys, Rhode Island Special Assistant Attorney General; and current Salve Regina senior Viviana Torres, an administration of justice major enrolled in the 5-year M.S. program where her concentration is in cyber security.

The discussion will be moderated by Lisa Holley, a Salve Regina graduate who serves as Rhode Island’s deputy personnel administrator for labor relations. Holley, a 15-year veteran of the Warwick Police Department, has been chief legal counsel for the Rhode Island Department of Public Safety.

Allyssa Medeiros, Salve Regina junior administration of justice major and a senator on the Student Government Association, will offer introductory remarks to kick off the panel discussion.

Among the topics to be explored will be consequences of the misuse of social media and the internet, aanalysis of privacy and criminal issues, and steps to help protect information and data.

The forum is being sponsored by Salve Regina’s departments of Administration of Justice, Biology and Biomedical Sciences, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology, Religious and Theological Studies; as well as the offices of Career Development, Center for Student Development, Dean of Students, Multicultural Affairs, Residence Life, Safety and Security, McKillop Library, Mercy Center for Spiritual Life, Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy and the Student Government Association.

About the experts:

Lisa Holley, a Salve Regina graduate and currently adjunct professor in the university’s ADJ department, is Rhode Island Deputy Personnel Administrator for Labor Relations. She has served as chief legal counsel for the RI Department of Public Safety. A 15-year veteran of the Warwick Police Department, she has worked in the criminal justice field in Rhode Island for more than 30 years, serving as chairman on the state’s parole board. She is the recipient of the Rhode Island Victims’ Advocacy and Support Center’s Victims’ Rights and Services Award, the RI Justice Assistance Neil J. Houston Memorial Award, and the Association of Paroling Authorities International (APAI) Ben Baer Award.

Alison Macrina is a librarian, privacy activist, and the founder/director of the Library Freedom Project, an initiative which aims to make real the promise of intellectual freedom in libraries by teaching librarians and their local communities about surveillance threats, privacy rights and law, and privacy-protecting technology tools to help safeguard digital freedoms. Macrina works to connect surveillance issues to larger global struggles for justice, demystifying privacy and security technologies for ordinary users, and resisting an internet controlled by a handful of intelligence agencies and giant multinational corporations.

Ryan Stys is a Special Assistant Attorney General in the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office and is assigned to the White Collar Unit, which prosecutes all financial and cybercrime offenses. He is a Marine Corps Reserves captain and serves as the Judge Advocate for the 2nd Civil Affairs Group located in Washington, D.C.

Viviana Torres is currently a senior at Salve Regina, where she is majoring in administration of justice and studio art major. She is also pursuing an M.S. in ADJ with a concentration in cyber security. While at Salve Regina, she has participated in the Peer Mentor program, played on the woman’s rugby team, and represented the university as a student ambassador.