People vs Tech - book reading, conversation & book signing with best selling author Jamie Bartlett

7th June 2018, 5:30pm

Platform, Leeds
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Hosted and sponsored by Bruntwood at Platform , The State of the Arts and mHabitat present:

People vs Tech: How the Internet is killing Democracy (and how we save it) - a book reading and conversation with best selling author Jamie Bartlett.

Jamie will set out his latest book explains all the dangers of the digital revolution whilst offering concrete solutions on how we can protect our personal privacy, and democracy itself.

The internet was meant to set us free. But have we unwittingly handed too much away to shadowy powers behind a wall of code, all manipulated by a handful of Silicon Valley utopians, ad men, and venture capitalists? And, in light of recent data breach scandals around companies like Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, what does that mean for democracy, our delicately balanced system of government that was created long before big data, total information, and artificial intelligence? Through our unquestioning embrace of big tech, the building blocks of democracy are slowly being removed. The middle class is being eroded, sovereign authority and civil society is weakened, and we citizens are losing our critical faculties, maybe even our free will.

Jamie will argue that we need to become active citizens, uphold a shared democratic culture, protect free elections, promote equality, safeguard competitive and civic freedoms, and trust in a sovereign authority. The stakes couldn’t be higher and unless we radically alter our course, democracy will join feudalism, supreme monarchies and communism as just another political experiment that quietly disappeared.

Hosted and sponsored by Bruntwood at Platform, join us for an evening of conversation over drinks at this free event. Drinks and networking from 5.30pm with formal proceedings starting at 6.00pm.

Platform, New Station Street, Leeds, LS1 4JB, U.K.

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