Decidim Fest 2020
Democracy and Technology in times of Emergency
Situated technologies and digital self-management
*we've uploaded English subtitles
(This session is held in Spanish)
The emergence of the pandemic has only triggered privatization trends, promoting data mining and algorithmic governance. The public spaces that we inhabit have been almost completely replaced by private spaces and what is worse, the digital infrastructures necessary for public management are being provided increasingly by private companies, generating a hidden privatization of education, health, surveillance… Only large companies have the resources to store the vast amounts of data we produce and with algorithms sophisticated enough to manage them. But can we still talk about public education when the new digital space in which it happens is Google? Can an algorithm protected by an intellectual property, which we do not know how it works, decide who is arrested or not for a crime? Can we be digital citizens in environments where just by entering we become products? Do we have to adapt to homogenizing global technologies instead of generating technologies that adapt to our needs? Can the future ultimately be guided by a commercial interest?
In the conference we will address the urgency of a digital autonomy that includes open data and software, but also the whole network infrastructure; the urgency to fight for the right to inhabit a digital space that is not governed by commercial interests but by the common good; the importance of generating situated technologies and, why not, the proposal of a playful governance.
Moderates, Antònia Folguera
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