Mind the Progress – momentum towards a digital future

19 August 2021
Event by Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft in HafenCity (August 20-21)

International speakers and guests from the arts, culture, science and society will hold discussions on August 20 and 21 on the theme “We’re flying blind digitally” in Hamburg’s Oberhafenquartier and online during the congress ”Mind the Progress – Momentum towards a digital future”. Dr Carsten Brosda, Senator for Culture and the Media, will open the congress, and Constanze Kurz, computer scientist, author and spokeswoman for the Chaos Computer Clubs (CCC) will give the opening address.

Perspective on digital issues neglected in everyday life

“The 'Mind the Progress' congress has established itself as a fixed event in Hamburg for discussing topical issues on the future of digitalization,” said Brosda. Since 2018, an audience of some 300 have held interdisciplinary debates with well-known speakers annually at the congress. “This year, it focuses on how we are flying blind digitally,” said Egbert Rühl. CEO of Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft. The congress takes a deliberate look at digital issues that are neglected in everyday life, but are nevertheless key to how we get along with each other, e.g., “how we can prevent software discriminating, whether democracy can cope with digitalization” and “how humankind is at the centre of technological development and not the other way round,” Rühl added.

From basic digital rights to ethics in the digital space

While Ulf Buermeyer, a lawyer and host of the political podcast “State of the Nation”, conducts research into basic digital rights, for Sarah Spiekermann-Hoff, head of the Institute for Business Information Technology & Society at the University of Vienna, everything hinges on the essential need for digital ethics. The polymath Jaron Lanier will scrutinise the business models of social media, and the psychologist Julia Brailovskaia has taken on exploring the psychological level of human media behaviour. The event is being hosted by the Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft backed by nextMedia.Hamburg, the Hamburg School of Ideas and the Minsitry for Culture and Media. Tickets are available online.

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