Inspired by Yoko Ono’s peace activism, this two-event conversation series, moderated by political scientist and renowned international relations expert Janice Gross Stein, will pair artists with academics to discuss how governments and citizens are shaping their future in the digital space.
MARCH 26, 6:30 — 8 PM
In the age of mass surveillance, how have state-sponsored monitoring programs impacted civic rights? From the Russian-sponsored Twitter bots plaguing the 2016 US Presidential elections with disinformation campaigns to concerns regarding China’s implementation of a “social credit system,” global citizens are realizing how the Internet’s algorithms are shaping our altered reality. These challenges, where the mining and commodification of data have created new infrastructures and monopolies, will be explored by those that work at the intersection of art, technology and political economy.
Ronald Deibert is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs. Yan Wu is a curator, writer and translator; currently, she is the Public Art Consultant for the City of Markham.
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MAY 23, 6:30 — 8 PM
More so than ever, an open and accessible internet continues to further the goals of civic engagement and free speech. Tech tools like Psiphon, a firewall circumvention app, are helping protesters in Iran evade government internet censorship. Social justice movements like Black Lives Matter began with a hashtag, demonstrating how the Internet has enabled horizontal organizing networks. Yet as governments and ISP gatekeepers now move towards jeopardizing net neutrality and free speech, the efforts towards ensuring the internet remains a public utility will be explored by those that work at the intersection of art, technology and political economy.
Farhaan Ladhani is Director of the Digital Public Square at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs. Jacqueline Mabey is a co-founder of Art+Feminism, an international, activist curatorial platform.
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