Featured Session: The Age of Surveillance Capitalism

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COME FOR A ONCE IN A LIFETIME DISCUSSION, COME FOR THE MUSIC. COME FOR THE LOVE.
Our digital century was to have been democracy’s Golden Age. Instead we enter its third decade marked by a stark new form of social inequality in which the few know and the many are known, as the tech giants seize control of information and learning itself. From below, surveillance capitalism diminishes human autonomy, depriving individuals of the right to combat. From above, extreme inequalities of knowledge and power are fundamentally incompatible with the aspirations of a democratic people. Distracted by our delusions, we failed to notice this bloodless coup from above. But no more...
Two great humanists and lovers of democracy unite onstage for a hard look at what we must do together at this critical moment in our history. The fight is on: new human rights, new pathways to action, a renewal of democracy in our time.
This third decade is likely to decide our fate: Will we make the digital future better, or will it make us worse? Will it be a place that we can all call home?
This is our big work now, and we must face it together.

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Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Interactive Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Film Badge
Event Type: Session