Theater, Performance und Tanz in Hamburg - Kampnagel

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Internationales Sommerfestival 2017
Disrupting Democracy:

Me, the world and the new order

  • Duration: 11:00 - 19:00
  • in English, registration necessary (please click TICKETS button)

  • Sat, 19.08.2017 11:00
    Kampnagel – P1 Tickets

A conference on the influence of digital technologies and media on political processes and democracy.

Since the campaigns on the Brexit, Donald Trump and later Emmanuel Macron, which were massively directed in social media, a broad public has become aware of how extensively new technologies such as micro-targeting, bots and commercial surveillance have already been used to gain real political power. Power is digitally re-distributed. Fake news and conspiracy theories have shaken our belief in truth and facts; Hate rants on the net have eroded our way of dealing with each other. As the old world trembles, a new one is already emerging. Platforms are behaving like states and small groups of activists are overthrowing financially strong party apparatuses via Facebook. The digital state of emergency is becoming a steady state.

One month before the German election, the culmination of this European super election year 2017, pioneers from the fields of technology, research, activism and literature will discuss the extent and effects of the networking and digitalization of our political space. The one-day conference DISRUPTING DEMOCRACY is being realized in cooperation with the Körber-Stiftung and the Swiss author and economist Hannes Grassegger. He was on the shortlist for the Nannen Prize for his reportage „Inside Facebook “ (SZ Magazin, Dec 2016, together with Till Krause) and is the author of one of the most shared German-language articles in 2016, „The Data That Turned the World Upside Down“ (originally in Das Magazin, together with Mikael Krogerus) that has been translated in over 20 languages. This reportage about the company Cambridge Analytica, which was contracted by Donald Trump, among others, to run a digital election campaign, has caused controversy worldwide and led to official investigation into the legality of the digital Brexit campaign in the UK. As early as 2014, Grassegger had triggered discussions about the issue of autonomy in the digital age and about ownership of personal data with his book "I am Capital." Now Grassegger is inviting representatives from political camps from Europe to the USA to Hamburg to discuss what the digital changes mean for individuals. What potentials are being created, and which options are disappearing? What can a new agora in the 21st century look like – or don’t we need it anymore?


11:00 - 13:00 Disrupting Democracy

Which are the foundations of digital exertion of influence? This panel will discuss techno-economic mechanisms that underlie the disruption of democracy. It will begin with an insight into the hidden data markets through which information about citizens is increasingly flowing into the circulation of political opinion-forming processes. Then Antonio Garcia Martínez former advisor to Twitter and product manager for Facebook will show us how these mechanisms are used today. Paul Hilder, vice president of and part of Bernie Sanders' campaigning-team for the US-presidential election in 2016 will show the democratic potentials of these developments.

WITH Richard Gutjahr, Paul Hilder, Antonio Garcia Martínez MODERATION Hannes Grassegger



From Brexit to Italy – across Europe, digital political movements have recently been shaking the world of parties. In this panel, Ulrike Guérot, university professor for European politics and democracy research will discuss strategies and mechanisms of these new organizations with Observer reporter and expert of the digital core of the Brexit campaign Carole Cadwalladr, Italian tech-journalist and expert of the MoVimento 5 Stelle, Fabio Chiusi and Silvian Gisler, Co-Founder and Co-Managing Director of Operation Libero (Switzerland). 

WITH Carole Cadwalladr, Fabio Chiusi, Silvan Gisler  MODERATION Ulrike Guérot

17:00 – 19:00 BUILDING A NEW STATE

New technologies enable radical transformation of states. What is possible and begins to show itself? Leading digital thinker Malka Older, author of the highly acclaimed cyberpunk thriller "Infomocracy" will discuss with Shoshana Zuboff, one of the first tenured women at the Harvard Business School, author of several articles on surveillance capitalism and the power of the Silicon Valley, and recently working on her new book "Master or Slave? The Fight for the Soul of Our Information Civilization".  This discussion about visions of new state forms and their impact on the individual will be moderated by one of world’s leading experts on cyber security and Vice President of the Observer Research Foundation in Delhi, Samir Saran.

WITH Malka Older, Shoshana Zuboff, PhD MODERATION Samir Saran, PhD  share Page

In cooperation with Körber-Stiftung,  Funded by the alliance of International production houses by the federal government's representative for culture and the media.

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