Decidim Fest 2021
Democracy, Technology and Global Justice
Decidim Fest returns on October 20, 21 and 22, 2021 with the motto Democracy, Technology and Global Justice.
The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the climate crisis are increasingly visible in our society. In addition, the already existing social inequalities between the Global South and the Global North have been accentuated. In the context of an international conference, these differences are reflected in the impossibility for some participants to attend the event due to the unfair distribution of vaccines among countries or in the carbon footprint that would be involved in their transfer from other continents. Given the unfair and undemocratic differences between the Global South and the Global North, this edition of Decidim Fest will be developed with free technologies under a format with different types of sessions:
🟠 Face-to-face: at the Canòdrom stage with speakers present.
🔵 Hybrid: at the Canòdrom stage with speakers by videoconference (the moderator will be present).
All sessions held at Canòdrom can be followed live via streaming except those on Thursday 21.
Decidim Fest is open to all and free of charge, with previous registration.
This year, Decidim Fest has benefited from the invaluable help of a programming table, formed by: Ekaitz Cancela, Eurídice Cabañes, Marga Padilla, Guiomar Rovira y Efraín Foglia.
The future faces enormous uncertainty. Not only because of the pandemic and its impact on a global scale, but also because of the multiple scenarios opening up in the midst of the digital society. Technological development is changing the economy, relations of power, models of governance, or our relations with the planet itself as we move towards an increasingly hyper-connected and interdependent society. The design of technologies and how they permeate society unfolds uncertain futures. On the one hand we find sophisticated mechanisms of control and surveillance and complex systems of data mining and exploitation, and on the other practices of resistance, emancipation and collective defence, and even global justice itself.
The debate about the future of technology is the debate about the future of society and how it is organised and governed. If we consider the global dimension, both in terms of the scale on which networks operate and the impacts they have on the planet, these debates are even more urgent in the face of the serious climate crisis. Thus, democracy and technology are presented as two ideas that cannot be dissociated if we want to think of a future where technology is made from and with the people. These are the debates we want to open in Decidim Fest 2021, an opportunity for an open debate on a global scale to address all these issues based on the experience and principles of the Decidim project.
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