Want to Mend the Web? Equip the Users


The web is in a sorry state, from invasive ads to biased algorithms. And while we’re getting better at recognizing the symptoms, our prescriptions are ineffective: Let the market try and figure it out. Or create regulations that are difficult to agree on and enforce.

But there’s another solution: rebalance the end user-platform dynamic, using cutting-edge tech and proven business models.

Currently, platforms like Facebook have all the tools and control: advanced tracking technology, impenetrable algorithmic systems, ubiquitous AI. But what if end users had the same power? What if users had an entire industry advocating just for them: powerful tools to swat away pernicious bots, protect personal data, and negotiate with platforms. Think digital bodyguard meets digital fiduciary.

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Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Interactive Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Film Badge
Format: Dual
Event Type: Session
Level: Intermediate