Bob Lord Misinformation Keynote at DEF CON 27

presented by Bob Lord

I’m pret­ty ner­vous about the 2020 elec­tions. We’ve seen a lot of lit­tle deep­fakes here and there. And I sus­pect it’s not going to sur­prise you to say that I’m wor­ried that things are going to get far far worse and far more nuanced.

How to Survive the 21st Century

presented by Yuval Noah Harari

Of all the dif­fer­ent issues we face, three prob­lems pose exis­ten­tial chal­lenges to our species. These three exis­ten­tial chal­lenges are nuclear war, eco­log­i­cal col­lapse, and tech­no­log­i­cal dis­rup­tion. We should focus on them.

Bots I Have Met

presented by Paul Rowe

Meeting these dif­fer­ent bots has just rein­forced one thing: the images that you’re cap­tur­ing, the online col­lec­tions you’re shar­ing, just pro­vide a foun­da­tion for all dif­fer­ent ways of engag­ing your audi­ence. The more acces­si­ble your con­tent is, the more open the licens­es you use, the more chance you’ve got of hav­ing your con­tent used in new and dif­fer­ent ways.

How Should We Do Politics?

presented by Celeste Marcus, Flavia Kleiner, Intissar Kherigi, Joan Magrané Figuera, Rob Riemen, Wojtek Wieczorek

I think that pol­i­tics has always been sus­cep­ti­ble to con­ver­sion so that it’s not actu­al­ly about liv­ing peo­ple it’s about sig­nal­ing mem­ber­ship with­in a par­tic­u­lar com­mu­ni­ty.

What is the Sickness of Our Times?

presented by Leon Wieseltier, Nadine Labaki, Pamela Paul, Sari Nusseibeh

There are these two basic fun­da­men­tal fears, these ur-fears that are rip­pling through our soci­eties. The first is the fear of com­plex­i­ty, and the sec­ond is the fear of change.

What is the Value of Culture?

presented by Edoardo Albinati, Leon Wieseltier, Nadine Labaki, Pamela Paul, Rob Riemen

In America now, you can defend the human­i­ties but only on eco­nom­ic grounds. So a the­ater improves a neigh­bor­hood. Or many peo­ple who study English become McKinsey con­sul­tants. But the fact is that you do it for itself, intrin­si­cal­ly, and you do it for the cul­ti­va­tion of the per­son and the cul­ti­va­tion of the cit­i­zen. Which should be reward enough.

Nihilism and Human Nature: Good or Bad?

presented by Edoardo Albinati, Leon Wieseltier, Nadine Labaki, Rob Riemen

I’m very dif­fi­dent towards val­ues, any kind of. Because you know, val­ues can be very dan­ger­ous. And as the poem of Yeats says, the pas­sion­ate inten­si­ty in believ­ing in some­thing can be very dan­ger­ous.

The Fate of Civil Liberties in National Crises

presented by Elie Mystal, Ian Millhiser, Jennifer Daskal, Mark Joseph Stern

The sys­tem I would want is I would want an assur­ance that if some extra­or­di­nary mea­sure has to be put in place tem­porar­i­ly to deal with a tem­po­rary cri­sis, that the word tem­po­rary” will in fact con­tin­ue to apply. And I will add that this is a moment when I real­ly wish we had a func­tion­ing Congress.

Reclaiming Humanity: The Utopias of World Citizenship

presented by Mojca Pajnik

When we think of cit­i­zen­ship nowa­days, we most­ly see it as a con­test­ed notion for it being reduced to an admin­is­tra­tive cri­te­ri­on that is actu­al­ly selec­tive­ly dif­fer­en­ti­at­ed: inclu­sion in, or exclu­sion from the nation-state mem­ber­ship, from priv­i­leged mem­ber­ship of Western nation-states.

Averting a Climate Apocalypse

presented by Greta Thunberg, Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, Ma Jun, Oliver Bäte, Rajiv J Shah, Rebecca Blumenstein

One year ago I came to Davos and told you that our house is on fire. I said I want­ed you to pan­ic. I’ve been warned that telling peo­ple to pan­ic about the cli­mate cri­sis is a very dan­ger­ous thing to do. But don’t wor­ry, it’s fine. Trust me, I’ve done this before and I can assure you it does­n’t lead to any­thing.

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