Background Story

Over the past few years, we’ve begun to question the liberating and egalitarian vision of a digital era. With the revelations of Edward Snowden in 2013, it became clear that the Information Age would not provide us with a warm and fuzzy future, per se. Instead, we woke up in a surveillance and advertising apparatus. Too quickly, discourse ebbed away, along with the attention span of the public media, with little consequence.

With this in mind, Andrea Bauer and Boris Moshkovits began a think tank and discourse salon called D.DAY to continue a critical, but constructive discourse to reflect on the future of our tech world; one that considered the current, rapidly evolving digital climate. The first salon took place in 2014 at Soho House Berlin. Its aim was to reflect on the realities and effects of the digital age, opting for the panel discussion format.

Each time, they invited two protagonists of diverse special fields, who provided particular insights and were open to finding interconnections and phenomena. There were friendly bickering, surprising stories, but most importantly, honest discussions between people who comprehend their fields to the bone, and gave tentative solutions for future scenarios.

With the goal to create a holistic understanding of the effects of our digital age, the event brought techies, activists, artists, philosophers, authors, and misfit entrepreneurs together to link their experiences, argue, and laugh. The discussions brought comprehension to those not in the “know” in the tech world: steps to take, moves to make, and simple connections to consider. Over a series of seven events, the conversations touched on topics like mass surveillance, crypto currencies, Blockchain, virtual art world, digital activism and the future of governance.

This book is a compendium of these seven panel discussions, which delved deep into the technical sphere, using laymen’s terms to have an upbeat, informed discourse. With this book, you can fill your knowledge gaps, and join the discourse to become a creature of this vibrant world. And this “new tech order” can help you make decisions for a more responsible future. The future is ours to mold. And we have so much to accomplish.

 

With this book you can join the discourse on the digital era by finding answers to the most fundamental questions to better navigate towards a responsible technological future.

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