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Konferenzreihe 2019 - 2020
Digital Discourses

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Large parts of our lives are captured in the data trails we leave online. Who tracks them and how are they monetized? What is this data worth? Are we drawing the short straw when we trade our data for free in exchange for digital services and the conveniences of the internet? Or are we better off if we embrace a post-privacy world? 

Total transparency? Privacy in the Age of Data Capitalism 

More than 1.6 billion people log into Facebook across the globe in a single day. Hundreds of millions use shopping platforms, email providers, file sharing services, mobile payment apps, and other digital tools to go about their daily lives.

Many of these tools are free to use. The companies that created them find value elsewhere: in the stream of signals users produce as they navigate their digital lives. The digital stream allows corporate brands and governments to target people by interest, background, and behavior. And it turns private data into a commodity that can be traded for profit, that can enable control and is sometimes even used for purposes far beyond the intention or knowledge of its original owners.

What rules should be in place for commercial and governmental use of this data? Can we as users regain control over our data trails? The second instalment of the Digital Discourses conference series dives deeply into the complicated relationship between our right to privacy and our desire to browse, communicate, shop, and access services with seamless ease.

About the conference series "Digital Discourses"

No state, no society, no business, and no individual is untouched by digital transformation. There are more and greater technological and social possibilities than ever before. Communication, education, knowledge production, markets, and work are undergoing deep changes in increasingly shorter cycles. At the same time, new technologies and the emergence of a new economic system evolving from this digital transformation are posing social, ethical and political challenges that need to be explored and negotiated.

While these “great upheavals” of our time are being discussed around the globe, the thematic focus of the discussions and the common viewpoints can vary significantly from society to society and from region to region. With this in mind, Goethe-Institut Indonesien, Center for Digital Society (CfDS), ELSAM, and ICT Watch are conducting a series of mini-conferences in 2019 and 2020 that is aiming to stir a debate about the impact digital transformation has on individuals as well as on economics, politics, society, and the ecology.