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Hosting Humanity

Evgeny Morozov
Chaired by Matt Beard
Sat 4 April 4:00pm Marconi Room
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Are technology platforms to blame for all online evils? Or is this a true representation of what humanity has become?

In a world where everyone is living different versions of the truth, technology platforms have amplified the worst of humanity. Bullies and trolls, perverts and criminals, scammers and spammers – even many of the creators from Silicon Valley are now looking back and wondering what they gave birth to. But are the tech companies the real problem, or are we? While the platforms have made it easier for us to find our tribe and find our ‘truth’, do they make us the worst version of ourselves? If tech designers keep catering to our demands without considering the consequences, will technology eventually bring down civil society? Would better tech regulation even be enough, or is human nature the thing we really need to fix?

Whether we come to see technology as ‘the hero’ or ‘the villian’ depends on the choices we make.
Dr. Simon Longstaff

Evgeny Morozov

Evgeny Morozov is a contributing editor at The New Republic and the author of The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom and To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism.

He has written for The New York Times, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, London Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement, and other publications.

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4 April
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Sydney Town Hall
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