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This session brought together two of the most highly regarded thought leaders of the digital world to discuss the many challenges that society and business are currently facing – from political instability to recession and the global disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Marietje Schaake, international policy director at Stanford University’s Cyber Policy Center, and Douglas Rushkoff, founder of the Laboratory for Digital Humanism at CUNY/Queens, looked at these challenges through the lens of digital transformation. With the U.S. elections just months away, what rules do we need for democracy? How can social media platforms fight misinformation more effectively – and who’s holding them responsible? What changes can we expect to see in economic policy? Are tech giants becoming even more dominant when remote workers, Internet users and online shoppers rely ever more on their services?
Marietje Schaake is international policy director at Stanford University’s Cyber Policy Center, as well international policy fellow at the University’s Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence. She also is the President of the CyberPeace Institute. Between 2009 and 2019, Marietje served as a Member of European Parliament for the Dutch liberal democratic party where she focused on trade, foreign affairs and technology policies. Marietje is on the board of a number of non-profits including the European Council on Foreign Relations and the Observer Research Foundation in India.
Douglas Rushkoff is an author and documentarian who studies human autonomy in a digital age. His twenty books include the just-published Team Human, based on his podcast, as well as the bestsellers Present Shock, Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus and Media Virus. He also made several PBS Frontline documentaries for his book Coercion. Rushkoff’s work explores how different technological environments change our relationship to narrative, money, power, and one another. He is a research fellow of the Institute for the Future and founded the Laboratory for Digital Humanism at CUNY/Queens, where he is a Professor of Media Theory and Digital Economics.
Karsten Lemm is a writer and photographer in Berlin. As Associate Editor for DLD he manages the DLD News website. Previously he was a Senior Editor with WIRED Germany. From 1998 to 2014 he lived in San Francisco, California, as a business and technology correspondent for Stern magazine, which gave him the opportunity to witness the digital revolution from a front-row seat.
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