Volmer Fries Lecture - Geert Lovink: "Critical Internet Cultures after Snowden"

Volmer Fries Lecture - Geert Lovink: "Critical Internet Cultures after Snowden"

CBIS Auditorium

April 1, 2015 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

There is an internet before and after June 2013: the longterm impact of the Snowden revelations cannot be underestimated. The engineering consensus has broken down. That's the real meaning of the slogan 'the internet has been broken'. Unless there will be a political solution to curb large-scale government and corporate surveillance on citizens and users, the so-called multistakeholder approach will eventually break down. The days of the innocence of the IT engineering class are over: the internet is now an integral part of the messy (global) society and can no longer pretend it's situated in a separated, parallel reality. In this lecture Amsterdam media theorist and net critic will discuss current strategies and concepts that could overcome the current crisis--but not before slaughtering some holy cows.

Geert Lovink is a media theorist, internet critic and author of Zero Comments (2007) and Networks Without a Cause (2012). Since 2004 he is researcher in the School for Communication and Media Design at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA) where he is the founding director of the Institute of Network Cultures. His centre recently organized conferences, publications and research networks such as Video Vortex (the politics and aesthetics of online video), Unlike Us (alternatives in social media), Critical Point of View (Wikipedia), Society of the Query (the culture of search), MoneyLab (bitcoins, crowdfunding & internet revenue models) and digital publishing strategies. He is also a media theory professor at the European Graduate School (Saas-Fee).



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