Building the people's internet

The Internet was meant to be for everyone. Instead, today it is for corporations and governments. They use it to monitor our lives, profile us, and manipulate and exploit our behaviour for financial and political gain.

What was supposed to be public space is now private property. On the Internet, there are no parks, only shopping malls. We’ve lost our public sphere. In its place we find surveillance capitalism, the Trojan Horse gifted to humanity by Silicon Valley and its venture capitalists. This is the realm of the Googles and the Facebooks and the countless startups that want to either be them or be bought by them. Needless to say – and as graphically illustrated recently by Cambridge Analytica – this state of affairs has dire ramifications for our privacy, freedom of speech, and democracy. Thankfully, another path forward is possible. Small bands of rebels like us are working to create ethical technologies that are free and open, decentralised, and interoperable. We are designing new everyday things that are owned and controlled by individuals, not corporations or governments. Whether or not these alternatives exist (and are allowed to exist) will mean the difference between living in a democracy or a new digital feudalism. In this talk, Aral will outline the problem with surveillance capitalism and explain how we can avoid it to build a People’s Internet starting right here in the EU.

Date and time

07/07/2018 -
15:00 to 15:30