Warsaw – Brussels If we had the choice between access to all available information and life in a filter bubble, which would we pick?

When faced with a profusion of opinions and comments, we grow anxious and tend to withdraw into our comfort zone, where we feel safe. Especially in view of the information overload on the Internet, we shrink back into our respective filter bubbles and promptly proceed to ignore everything we don’t know and don’t care to know . The world is drifting apart because we all have a different Internet and, as a result, we’re worlds apart. We’re forgetting how to communicate in the sense of openly exchanging news and views. Social cohesion is in danger of falling apart.

 


Brussels-Warsaw
The Brussels-Warsaw tandem have decided to merge their two issues into a joint project. Their question now is: What are the fears that lead us to opt for life in a filter bubble rather than opening ourselves up to all available information? Warsaw’s partner, the Fundacja Panoptykon, is in charge of developing and fleshing out the question, while the Brussels Beursschouwburg is in charge of its artistic execution. As for format, the tandem have decided to hold a “big conversation”: after some keynote remarks by a panel of experts, they will be joined by interested participants for a round-table discussion of anxieties, bubbles, comfort and safety zones, and privacy. These “big conversations” will be held in late January and early February in both Brussels and Warsaw.

(September 2018)

Our Partner

​Founded in 2009, Fundacja Panoptycon is committed to ensuring transparency in the digital realm and to providing clear boundaries for the use of (state) surveillance: it believes that digital technology should not be used without our knowledge, or beyond societal control or legal frameworks. The organization’s founder, Katarzyna Szymielewicz, is an expert on the risks of digital footprints.
 

Photo Gallery of the “Big Conversation” in Warsaw

  • The Big Conversation in Warsaw Photo: Adam Burakowski © Goethe-Institut Warsaw
  • The Big Conversation in Warsaw Photo: Adam Burakowski © Goethe-Institut Warsaw
  • The Big Conversation in Warsaw Photo: Adam Burakowski © Goethe-Institut Warsaw
  • The Big Conversation in Warsaw Photo: Adam Burakowski © Goethe-Institut Warsaw
  • The Big Conversation in Warsaw Photo: Adam Burakowski © Goethe-Institut Warsaw
  • The Big Conversation in Warsaw Photo: Adam Burakowski © Goethe-Institut Warsaw
  • The Big Conversation in Warsaw Photo: Adam Burakowski © Goethe-Institut Warsaw
  • The Big Conversation in Warsaw Photo: Adam Burakowski © Goethe-Institut Warsaw
  • The Big Conversation in Warsaw Photo: Adam Burakowski © Goethe-Institut Warsaw
  • The Big Conversation in Warsaw Photo: Adam Burakowski © Goethe-Institut Warsaw
  • The Big Conversation in Warsaw Photo: Adam Burakowski © Goethe-Institut Warsaw
  • The Big Conversation in Warsaw Photo: Adam Burakowski © Goethe-Institut Warsaw
  • The Big Conversation in Warsaw Photo: Adam Burakowski © Goethe-Institut Warsaw
  • The Big Conversation in Warsaw Photo: Adam Burakowski © Goethe-Institut Warsaw
  • The Big Conversation in Warsaw Photo: Adam Burakowski © Goethe-Institut Warsaw
  • The Big Conversation in Warsaw Photo: Adam Burakowski © Goethe-Institut Warsaw
  • The Big Conversation in Warsaw Photo: Adam Burakowski © Goethe-Institut Warsaw
  • The Big Conversation in Warsaw Photo: Adam Burakowski © Goethe-Institut Warsaw
  • The Big Conversation in Warsaw Photo: Adam Burakowski © Goethe-Institut Warsaw
  • The Big Conversation in Warsaw Photo: Adam Burakowski © Goethe-Institut Warsaw
  • The Big Conversation in Warsaw Photo: Adam Burakowski © Goethe-Institut Warsaw
  • The Big Conversation in Warsaw Photo: Adam Burakowski © Goethe-Institut Warsaw
  • The Big Conversation in Warsaw Photo: Adam Burakowski © Goethe-Institut Warsaw
  • The Big Conversation in Warsaw Photo: Adam Burakowski © Goethe-Institut Warsaw
  • The Big Conversation in Warsaw Photo: Adam Burakowski © Goethe-Institut Warsaw


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