[Air-L] Event in London on March 21: 'Reimagining the Internet' at Nesta

Katja Bego katja.bego at nesta.org.uk
Wed Mar 7 00:18:52 PST 2018

Hello all,

On March 21st, Nesta is hosting "*Reimagining the Internet, *a free evening
event held in London on building radical new alternatives for a more
democratic future internet.

*I sent out a first note about this event a couple of weeks ago, but wanted
to update you all on the confirmed speakers so far*

This will be the first event in a series of provocations on how European
citizens can retake control over the future of the internet.

Register your interest here if you'd be interested in joining:

*2017 was a crucial year of reckoning for the internet: from public outcry
about the impact of fake news on our democracies, to the emerging risks of
rule-by-algorithm. As the Dark Side of the internet is becoming
increasingly clear, public demand for more accountable, democratic, more
human alternatives is growing.*

*But challenging existing dynamics won’t be easy. The internet finds itself
dominated by two ruling narratives: the American one, where power is
concentrated in the hands of just a few big players, and a Chinese model,
where government surveillance appears to be the leitmotif. Between Big Tech
and government control, where does this leave citizens?*

   - *Could Europe build the kind of alternatives that would put citizens
   back in the driver’s seat?*
   - *Rather than trying to build the next Google, should Europe focus on
   building the decentralised infrastructures that would prevent the next
   Google instead?  *

*This event is part of the Next Generation Internet initiative, the
European Commission’s ambitious new flagship programme focused on building
a more democratic, inclusive and resilient internet by 2025.*

*We will bring together policymakers, civil society leaders, innovators,
activists and everyone else involved with shaping and thinking about the
future of the internet.*

*Registration will open at 17:30 with the event starting promptly at 18:00.
The event finishes at 19:30, and will be followed by networking drinks
until 20:00.*

*Confirmed speakers so far: *

   - *Professor John Naughton *- Technology Columnist at the Observer,
   Senior Research Fellow at Cambridge University & Emiritus Professor of
   the Public Understanding of Technology at the Open University
   - *Marleen Stikker *- Managing Director and Founder of The Waag Society
   - *Adam Rang -* Head of Location-Independent Investment, e-Residency
   programme, Government of Estonia
   - *Geoff Mulgan -* Chief Executive of Nesta
   - *Chi Onwurah MP (tbc)* - Member of Parliament for Newcastle upon Tyne
   Central, Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy, Science and Innovation


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