PublicSpaces Conference, Waag Futurelab. Photo by Stuart Holt, 2022.
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PublicSpaces Conference: For a Collective Internet

How do we build an internet that works for everyone? An online space that prioritises our health, freedom, and livelihoods and is free from the control of Big Tech?

On 27 and 28 June, PublicSpaces and Waag Futurelab will host the third edition of the PublicSpaces conference. Together we will explore whether democracy can withstand Big Tech and imagine what a fair market with alternative software and ethical infrastructure may look like.

Together with numerous national and international speakers, such as Ruha Benjamin and Eli Pariser, we will explore concrete solutions and tools for a healthy digital ecosystem and work together to build an internet owned and shaped by the collective.

Get your ticket and help build a better internet!


Click here for the complete programme full of panels, keynotes, round table sessions, talks, drinks, art, and mind-blowing culture.

Here's what to expect: 

Art: During this year's conference, you can emerge yourself in art and culture. Art, in all its forms and expressions, has always played a unique role in exploring the complex dynamics between humans and technology. With performances, music and visual art, we will create a space where we can ask questions about how technology affects our lives and how we can create meaningful connections in the digital world. Take a breather from the panels, talks and workshops and get inspired! Interact with a machine that is itself creative with Jan Zuiderveld's Dream Machine, a hacked Xerox photocopier from the 00s, or experience a creative collaboration between artist and machine during Sofia Maria's live DJ set using WAIVE, a generative AI system based on Dutch audio heritage material.

Education: The long arms of Big Tech have now also reached education. Since the corona pandemic, tech companies' hold on infrastructure and didactic resources in education has tightened considerably. What are we sacrificing by embracing the convenience and monopoly of tech companies? And what has happened to public values like autonomy, openness and putting people first? During the session 'Values-driven education: Free from Big Tech', we will explore these questions and learn how we can change the course in education.

BAZAAR: During the BAZAAR, you will have the chance to discover pioneering companies developing open source hardware and software. We may dream about an alternative digital future, but we also need the tools to build it.

Where? Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam

When? Tuesday 27 June & Wednesday 28 June 2023

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Pakhuis de Zwijger
Piet Heinkade 179
1019 HC Amsterdam