Are Geeks the New Guardians of Our Civil Liberties?

Session Date: 
Sat., April 6, 2013:
11 am-12:30 pm
Room: 
Governors Square 14
Activity: 
Internet Freedom, Technology and Innovation

Hackers “are building one of the most vibrant civil liberties movements we’ve ever seen,” writes digital anthropologist Gabriella Coleman. “It is a culture committed to freeing information, insisting on privacy and fighting censorship, which in turn propels wide-ranging political activity.”

Meanwhile, a new generation of geeks is devoted to increasing transparency, analyzing data and enhancing the media’s ability to help us solve real problems.

In this session, Gabriella Coleman, author of Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking, and Daniel Sinker, director of the Knight-Mozilla OpenNews project, author of the @MayorEmmanuel Twitter feed and founder of Punk Planet magazine, will discuss whether all this talk about coders saving democracy is for real — or divorced from messy reality. Do hacking and coding actually improve people’s lives, or are we too optimistic about the Internet’s role in our society and our politics?

People + Policy

= Positive Change for the Public Good

people + policy = Positive Change for the Public Good