Summit “The future of our digital world”

Covid-19 forced us all to rethink our digital presence. What did we learn about our dependence on online platforms? Who makes the rules of our digital realm? And who is responsible for supervising them? Isn’t it time to also think about the optimal future we want to see for our digital world?

Hear the insights to this last question of high-end US and EU speakers and share your own thoughts at the virtual summit The Future of our Digital World. 

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  • Thursday 30 September 2021
  • 17:30 CET
  • Register here.

Our physical world is opening again slowly. But what about our digital

world? During the pandemic, we learned how to work and live remotely. Physical contacts distanced, steered by innovative companies, international organisations, and our governments.

What did we learn about our dependence on these digital superpowers; and has this changed after the pandemic? With a set of digital rules that is changing ever so fast, who can be held accountable for making, and breaking, the rules of our digital realm? And, who is going to fix them?

On Thursday, September 30th 17.30-21.00h CET (11.30-15.00 ET) we will discuss these and many other questions with a full line up of experts, politicians, and academics during the summit The Future of Our Digital World. European Parliament groups S&D, Renew Europe, Greens/EFA and the Left have joined forces with Accountable Tech, EDRi and SumOfUs to organize the first high-level EU-US summit where your voice also needs to be heard!

Together with headliners Prof. Shoshana Zuboff and Commissioner Breton (TBV), we will answer questions on who should ‘own’ the internet. How are rights and freedoms protected and guaranteed? To what extend are ‘offline’ rules and laws working, and are they applicable in the online environment? And what is driving innovation?

Join Ms. Brittany Kaiser (transparency advocate, Cambridge Analytica) in a panel on disinformation and fair elections. Listen to Mr. Tim Hwang (general council Substack and author of Subprime Attention Crisis) in a panel on the economics of advertising. Follow Mr. Roger McNamee (one of Silicon Valley’s early investors) in a panel on meaningful accountability and how we put people back in charge.

Or, in our second round of panels, learn from Ms. Rasha Abdul-Rahim (director Amnesty Tech) and Dr. Nakeema Stefflbauer (founder FrauenLoop) about algorithmic recommendation systems or about the protection of minors and marginalized groups. And Prof. Tomasso Valetti (Imperial College) will go on to explain the lobbying methods of big tech. And what to do against them. 

Many more speakers will be present in the panels, and your questions can directly be asked to them during the summit. 

Registration is free and will give you access to our virtual conference platform (hosted by Digivent). On this platform, you will be able to meet other participants, join our high-tech virtual stage for several keynotes, and go to our breakout rooms for the panel discussions. In the coming weeks, more keynote speakers and panellists will be added to our website