We’re living through a second machine age revolution featuring the application of artificial intelligence and digital robots to ever-widening spheres of daily life. Ivan M. Havel, Tereza Todorová, Mari Velonaki and Fabio Ramos will assess the contours of the unfinished revolution and consider why it is triggering hopes and fears and what these tell us about power, politics and the human condition in these early years of the 21st century.
5 August 2015 at the University of Sydney, Executive Director of Greenpeace International, Dr Kumi Naidoo has a confronting message for Australia: “The world is now moving on climate change and Australia is being left behind because the Abbott Government is in thrall to the fossil fuel industry.
Based at the University of Sydney, SDN is a new initiative preoccupied with the new, exciting and dangerous political trends of our times. The researchers, lecturers, activists, journalists and policy makers associated with SDN come from different walks of life and have a diverse range of interests, but they all see themselves as concerned citizens sharing the same goal: to rethink, strengthen and transform the ideals and practices of democracy. Guided by a strong sense of context and history, they see democracy as both a form of government and a way of life committed to greater equality and the practical refusal of publicly unaccountable power.
SDN supports enquiries into a rich variety of subjects, including networked politics, online mobilisation and the future of journalism in a media-saturated world; global public disaffection with representative government; political ethics; surveillance technologies; the gendering of politics; democratic deficits within cross-border governing institutions; and environmental movements, corporate power and the fate of our biosphere Read more...
Join us at the University of Sydney for two days of exciting talks, debates and art focused squarely on the new, exciting and dangerous political trends facing all democracies today. The Festival is open to all, and there’s something for everybody.
There will be contributions on citizens under surveillance, the Spanish democratic laboratory, the plight of the Rohingya, and radioactive waste dumping.