Interview with Opal Tometi (#BlackLivesMatter)

presented by Opal Tometi

There’s a lot going on in the United States, right. So there’s a lega­cy of struc­tur­al racism that’s been impact­ing Black com­mu­ni­ties in the United States ever since we were kid­napped from Africa and brought to the United States. And so what we’re see­ing today is actu­al­ly a con­tin­u­a­tion of the racist poli­cies and prac­tices of the United States. We’re see­ing state-sanctioned vio­lence with impuni­ty on black peo­ple.

How To Lose A Country: The New Political Ice Age

presented by Ece Temelkuran

When did we decide that we no longer need to watch news? We no longer have to watch these dis­turb­ing images? That’s why I’m writ­ing a book. I’m think­ing about these issues.

The Breakdown: eve­lyn douek on Doctored Media, Platform Response and Responsibility

presented by evelyn douek, Oumou Ly

The ques­tion also does come up, you know, is there any­thing real­ly new here, with these new tech­nolo­gies? Disinformation is as old as infor­ma­tion. Manipulated media is as old as media. Is there some­thing par­tic­u­lar­ly harm­ful about this new infor­ma­tion envi­ron­ment and these new tech­nolo­gies, these hyper­re­al­is­tic false depic­tions, that we need to be espe­cial­ly wor­ried about?

The Breakdown: Renée DiResta on Misinformation and COVID-19

presented by Oumou Ly, Renée DiResta

It’s been real­ly inter­est­ing to see the entire world pay atten­tion to one top­ic. This is some­thing some­what unprece­dent­ed. We have had out­breaks in the era of social media mis­in­for­ma­tion before. Zika in 2015, Ebola 2018, right. So there have been a range of moments in which dis­eases have cap­ti­vat­ed pub­lic atten­tion. But usu­al­ly they tend to stay at least some­what geo­graph­i­cal­ly con­fined in terms of atten­tion.

Political Culture, Donald Trump and Education

presented by Anne Applebaum, Derek Shearer, Jeb Bush, Roger Berkowitz, Sean Wilentz

Donald Trump is not an American phe­nom­e­non, sole­ly an American phe­nom­e­non. We see Trumps emerg­ing all across the West, all across Europe—Western Europe and Eastern Europe. And they are repeat­ing them­selves in very sim­i­lar ways.

Solarpunk : A Grand Dress Rehearsal

presented by Jay Springett

Many of the con­cerns of the cyber­punk genre have come true. The rise of cor­po­rate pow­er, ubiq­ui­tous com­pu­ta­tion, and the like. Robot limbs and cool VR gog­gles. But in many ways, it’s far far worse.

How to Predict the Future

presented by Ben Hammersley

Every sin­gle futur­ist has one of these as the first slide in their deck. It does­n’t real­ly mat­ter what this is. An expo­nen­tial curve, up and to the right. This rep­re­sents all of tech­nol­o­gy. The past thir­ty years of tech­no­log­i­cal evo­lu­tion is described in this. This could be any­thing. This is proces­sor pow­er. This is mem­o­ry per dol­lar. This is Internet pen­e­tra­tion. This is the num­ber of peo­ple play­ing Angry Birds.

(Data) Trust is the New Oil
Redesigning the data economy to optimize for trust

presented by Andrew Hoppin

The pow­er of data has nev­er been big­ger than it is today and I think this can be a great thing, even though it is also cre­at­ing some exis­ten­tial risks.

Sidney Blumenthal on the Crisis of Democracy

presented by Rob Riemen, Sidney Blumenthal

There’s always been this strain, par­tic­u­lar­ly in American pol­i­tics, a skep­ti­cism about politi­cians. We’re in one of these peri­ods where there is such skep­ti­cism, but it runs deep­er.

Is the USA the world’s last best hope?

presented by Sidney Blumenthal

Lincoln spoke of the United States as the last best hope on earth because the United States was the last, and only, and first, suc­cess­ful Democratic Republic in the world.

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