Events | Konferenz: Pocket Democracy

Seattle und Berlin | 24. Oktober 2019 – 25. Oktober 2019

„Pocket Democracy” ist eine zweitägige Veranstaltung, mit einem Workshop und einer Konferenz in Berlin und Seattle. Die Veranstaltung geht der Frage nach, wie digitale Technologien für alternative politische Lösungen nutzbar gemacht werden können.

Seit ihrem Aufkommen vor rund zwölf Jahren haben Smartphones die politische und mediale Landschaft grundlegend verändert. Durch sie ist die Digitalisierung bis in alle Lebensbereiche vorgedrungen.
Falschinformationen, manipulierte Bilder und Videos sowie neue Überwachungspraktiken werfen die Frage auf, wie die politischen Auswirkungen neuer Kommunikations-technologien eingegrenzt oder in konstruktive Bahnen gelenkt werden können.
 
Das Projekt „Pocket Democracy“ nimmt Ideen und Akteure in den Blick, die Gefahren anerkennen, aber auch das Potenzial digitaler Technologien für alternative politische Lösungen sehen. Dabei kann es sich um Technologien handeln, die Falschinformationen oder manipulierte Bilder und Videos erkennen, es kann um den Abbau diskriminierender Bias innerhalb von Alghorithmen gehen oder um die Möglichkeit freier und geheimer digitaler Wahlen.
 

Opal Tometi | www.opaltometi.org

Keynote: Opal Tometi (co-founder Black Lives Matter, executive director Black Alliance for Just Immigration)

Teilnehmer*innen: Armen Avanessian (Thomas Mann Fellow), Lance Bennett (University of Washington), Jessica L. Beyer (University of Washington), Christoph Bieber (Universität Duisburg-Essen), Damian Borth (Thomas Mann Fellow / Universität St. Gallen), Toby Crittenden, Paulina Fröhlich (Das Progressive Zentrum / Berlin), Adriana Groh (Prototype Fund / Berlin), Philipp Hübl (Philosoph / Berlin), Sarah Lohmann (Johns Hopkins University), Alexander Peterhaensel (Universität der Künste Berlin / Berlin), Ramesh Srinivasan (UCLA), Alexander Sängerlaub (Stiftung Neue Verantwortung / Berlin), Max Senges (Google / Berlin, tbc), Niko Switek (University of Washington), Kristina Weissenbach (University of Washington / University Duisburg-Essen), Mellina White-Cusack (Blogger), et al.

SEATTLE | DONNERSTAG, 24. OKT - WORKSHOP
 
WORKSHOP TRACKS
 
I. PARTY POLITICS AND DIGITAL OPPOSITION
Political parties mobilize voters, and offer a platform for deliberation, aggregating and articulating preferences of their members. They are often deemed essential for democratic systems, but this position is not unchallenged. New movements resort to new ways of organizing, rallying around new topics and using new (online) tools and techniques to garner support. In some cases, individual politicians implement digital tools for strengthening their position within party structures and may use this dynamic for creating their own personalized platform. Concepts like liquid democracy and liquid feedback as well as tiny forms of participation offer alternatives to established forms of intraparty decision making. This challenges the overall layout of representative political institutions, advancing renewed calls for direct democracy. Parties did react and incorporate electronic platforms to mobilize and include their members into decision-making or extend their presence on third-party platforms. Do they reinvent themselves integrating new technologies or do they became obsolete as dinosaurs of a pre-digital era?

II. CYBERSECURITY AND DEMOCRATIC ELECTIONS
What applications are being used to track disinformation, and what kind of solutions still need to be developed to increase accountability in the political sphere? This workshop will give an overview of the threats faced by the US and Germany/the EU during recent elections coming from both cybersecurity attacks on infrastructure as well as disinformation campaigns targeted at specific groups and profiles of voters. It will inform students about what online, technical and political solutions are being used to prevent such interventions, and encourage students to come up with solutions to cybersecurity and information vulnerabilities that remain.

 

9:30

Begrüßung
10:00

Workshops Runde I

Track II: PARTY POLITICS AND DIGITAL OPPOSITION
mit Niko Switek (University of Washington) und Christoph Bieber (Universität Duisburg-Essen) und Kristina Weissenbach (University of Washington / Universität Duisburg-Essen)

Track II: CYBERSECURITY AND DEMOCRATIC ELECTIONS
mit Jessica L. Beyer (University of Washington) und Sarah Lohmann (Johns Hopkins University)

11:30
Kaffeepause

11:45

Workshops Runde II

Track II: PARTY POLITICS AND DIGITAL OPPOSITION
mit Niko Switek (University of Washington) und Christoph Bieber (Universität Duisburg-Essen) und Kristina Weissenbach (University of Washington / Universität Duisburg-Essen)

Track II: CYBERSECURITY AND DEMOCRATIC ELECTIONS
mit Jessica L. Beyer (University of Washington) und Sarah Lohmann (Johns Hopkins University)

13:00

Mittagspause
14:00 - 15:00

Wrap-Up

Goethe Pop Up, Chophouse Row, 1424 11th Ave STE 101, Seattle, WA 98122

SEATTLE | DONNERSTAG, 24. OKT - ABENDVERANSTALTUNG

 

ABENDVERANSTALTUNG

 

18:00

Ramesh Srinivasan (UCLA): Beyond the Valley
Moderation: Mellina White-Cusack

In his new, provocative book Beyond the Valley, Ramesh Srinivasan describes the internet as both an enabler of frictionless efficiency and a dirty tangle of politics, economics, and other inefficient, inharmonious human activities. Srinivasan focuses on the disconnection he sees between designers and users, producers and consumers, and tech elites and the rest of us. The recent Cambridge Analytica and Russian misinformation scandals exemplify the imbalance of a digital world that puts profits before inclusivity and democracy.

In search of a more democratic internet, Srinivasan takes us to the mountains of Oaxaca, East and West Africa, China, Scandinavia, North America, and elsewhere, visiting the “design labs” of rural, low-income, and indigenous people around the world. He talks to a range of high-profile public figures—including Elizabeth Warren, David Axelrod, Eric Holder, Noam Chomsky, Lawrence Lessig, and the founders of Reddit, as well as community organizers, labor leaders, and human rights activists.

To make a better internet, Srinivasan says, we need a new ethic of diversity, openness, and inclusivity, empowering those now excluded from decisions about how technologies are designed, who profits from them, and who are surveilled and exploited by them.

19:00

Getränke und Get-together

The Cloud Room, 1424 11th Ave STE 400, Seattle, WA 98122

SEATTLE | FRIDAY, OCT 25 - CONFERENCE

 

9:00 am

Einführung

9:05 am

Keynote (video stream nach Berlin)

Opal Tometi (Mitbegründerin Black Lives Matter)

Moderation: Armen Avanessian (Thomas Mann Fellow)

10:15 am

Session I: Digital Media and New Forms of Political Activism  

(Video stream nach Berlin)

Lance Bennett (University of Washington)
Alexander Sängerlaub (Stiftung Neue Verantwortung, live video)
Adriana Groh (Open Knowledge Foundation)

Moderation: Toby Crittenden

11:30 am

Kaffeepause

11:45 am

Session II: Cybersecurity and Democratic Elections

Jessica L. Beyer (University of Washington)
Christoph Bieber (University Duisburg-Essen)
Damian Borth (University of St. Gallen, Thomas Mann Fellow, live video)

Moderation: Niko Switek (University of Washington)

1:00 pm Ende

The Seattle Public Library, Central Library, Microsoft Auditorium

BERLIN | FREITAG, 25. OKT - WORKSHOPS

 

Moderation: Linnea Riensberg & Merlin Münch

8:30

Registrierung: DESINFORMATION

9:00

Workshop

11:30

Registration: PARTEIPOLITIK UND DIGITALE OPPOSITION

12:00

Workshop
14:30

Registration: WAHLEN
15:00

Workshop


Wrap-up

State Studio, Hauptstraße 3, 10827 Berlin

BERLIN | FREITAG, 25. OKT - ABENDVERANSTALTUNG

 

17:30

Registrierung

18:00

Keynote Lecture per Livestream aus Seattle: Opal Tometi (Mitbegründerin Black Lives Matter)

Q&A

19:00

Kurze Unterbrechung

19:15

Paneldiskussion über den Livestream

20:30

Getränke und Get-together

State Studio, Hauptstraße 3, 10827 Berlin


Für Teilnehmer*innen in Berlin.  

Location
State Studio, Hauptstraße 3, 10827 Berlin

Location
Oct 25 | Workshops and evening event | State Studio, Hauptstraße 3, 10827 Berlin
Register for the workshops here.


Für Teilnehmer*innen in Seattle

Location
Oct 24 | Workshops | Goethe Pop Up, Chophouse Row, 1424 11th Ave STE 400, Seattle, WA 98122
Registrierung für die Workshops.

Oct 24 | Evening | The Cloud Room, 1424 11th Ave STE 400, Seattle, WA 98122
Registrierung für die Abendveranstaltung.

Oct 25 | Conference | The Seattle Public Library, Central Library, Microsoft Auditorium, Seattle, WA 98122
Registrierung für die Konferenz.


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Im Rahmen von "Wunderbar Together: Germany and the U.S."

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