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Transparency and censorship in the social media age

Are social media a threat to our freedom and democracy?
This event is in English
Monday 8 Jan, 20.00
ma 8 jan, 20.00
IJ Zaal
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Social media are amongst today's primary places for news gathering, but it's also the place where algorithms and censorship are controlling the flow of information and deceit is being used to influence public debate. Facebook deletes posts with nudity, inappropriate language, and political sensitive messages. And regimes of all kinds use fake accounts, fake news, and astroturfing to influence public opinion and spy on their populations. What's the impact of social media on our democratic society? An in-depth conversation on the use and abuse of social media in the public realm and the democratization of the public space they produce.

Special guest is Prof. Dr. Melih Kırlıdoğ, who is a specialist on government surveillance (and censorship) practices being used in Turkey ánd Europe. We will talk with him about the detrimental situation in Turkey concerning freedom (of speech) in the media and the digital realm. Melih Kierlidog was one of the 400 academics to sign the Academics for Peace petition and get dismissed from the university. Together with technology philosopher Marjolein Lanzing and information specialist at the gemeente Amsterdam Juan-Carlos Goilo, we will have an in-depth conversation on the influence of digital technologies and social media on our public and political lives.

  • Prof. Dr. Melih Kırlıdoğ holds a BSc degree from Middle East Technical University, Turkey and MBA, PhD degrees from Wollongong University, Australia. He has worked in the ICT area for over twenty years in Turkey and Australia. From 2002 to 2015, he worked as a faculty member in the Computer Engineering Department of Marmara University, Turkey. He is also affiliated with the North-West Uni-versity in South Africa. His research interests include ICT in developing countries, censorship and surveillance. He is at the moment connected with the Center for Advanced Studies a the Ruhr Univer-sity in Bochum, Germany.
  • Marjolein Lanzing is currently a PhD student at the Department of Philosophy and Ethics at the Eindhoven University of Technology. Her research ‘The Transparent Self: Identity and Relationships in a Digital Age’ will contain a normative interpretation of the changing norms of privacy under the perspective of the changing meaning of the Self in a digital age.
  • Juan-Carlos Goilo is an information analist, writer and performer. As senior information specialist he researches the way in which information gives shape to the perspective of the municipality of Amsterdam on society. Currently he works for the sharing economy program, investigating its possibilities for engagement and mobilisation, but also possible negative side effects such as social exploitation.

This edition of New Democracy is the third and last instalment of Paranoia Phenomenon, the parallel program to the House of Wisdom exhibition in Framer Framed. The events are in line of the Paranoia Phenomenon project, which researches daily fears and feelings of paranoia around privacy, from the perspective of visual arts and artists in public spaces. The series of encounters aim to broaden awareness about the digital privacy gap, and to reflect on how digital media have changed our ways of living and interacting with each other. Paranoia Phenomenon is a project created by 7 Hills Foundation. This event series has been made possible with the help of Stichting Democratie en Media (Media and Democracy Fund), Netwerk Democratie, Pakhuis de Zwijger, and Framer Framed.

This event is in English
Monday 8 Jan, 20.00
IJ Zaal
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