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Digital technology has brought many benefits. But it also comes with growing threats to our privacy, our families and businesses, our health, and our freedom. From cancel culture and propaganda to data collection, surveillance, and social manipulation, there is a digital contagion. We are surrounded by countless technologies that influence our behavior and threaten our security and potentially our livelihood.

We live in a time of increasing centralization:

  • Big State
  • Big Tech
  • Big Data
  • Big Education
  • Big Media
  • Big Healthcare
  • Big Culture

We need systemic changes - political and economic reform, better rule of law, and decentralized, private associations that limit the power of the state and large corporations. We also need new and better technology to serve people instead of manipulate them.

But we don’t have to wait. There are steps you can take right now to help protect your family and your business. You can take more control of your digital life today.

Join us for a lecture and Q&A with Michael Matheson Miller, who will discuss his recent book Digital Contagion. This helpful guide provides 10 practical steps you can do right now to help you protect yourself and your family, to make you more robust and harder to cancel, to limit your exposure to surveillance, data collection, and reliance on Big Tech.

Michael Matheson Miller
Acton Institute

Senior Research Fellow

Michael Matheson Miller is Research Fellow and Director of Acton Media at the Acton Institute. With some 10 years of international experience, Miller has lived and traveled in Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. He lectures internationally on such themes as moral philosophy, economic development, and social theory, and entrepreneurship. He is a frequent guest on radio and has been published in The Washington TimesThe Detroit News, The L.A. Daily News, and Real Clear Politics. He is the director and host of the PovertyCure DVD Series and has appeared in various video curricula including Doing the Right ThingEffective Stewardship, and the Birth of Freedom.

Much of his current work at the Acton Institute involves leading PovertyCure, promoting entrepreneurial solutions to poverty in the developing world.  Before coming to Acton, he spent three years at Ave Maria College of the Americas in Nicaragua where he taught philosophy and political science and was the chair of the philosophy and theology department.

Miller received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, an M.A. from Nagoya University’s Graduate School of International Development (Japan), an M.A. in philosophy from Franciscan University, and an M.B.A. in International Management from Thunderbird Graduate School of Global Business. He serves on the President’s Advisory Council of Aquinas College in Nashville, the board of the Dietrich von Hildebrand Legacy Project, and the board of trustees for Angelico Press.

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Acton Institute
98 Fulton St E
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
United States


11:30 a.m. Doors open
12:00 p.m. Lecture begins
12:30 p.m. Q&A
1:00 p.m. Lecture ends


$15 General | $10 Student
Includes box lunch and beverage

(Please RSVP at least 48 hours in advance to guarantee a box lunch.)

Event livestream is free.


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