The Public Square Project: Melbourne Book Launch

Tue, Dec 14, 2021 6:30pm Victorian Trades Hall

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The Public Square Project 
MELBOURNE BOOK LAUNCH 

6:30pm Tuesday 14th December 2021

Victorian Trades Hall 
54 Victoria Street, Carlton 
Meeting Room 1

FREE, but bookings essential

Speakers:

  • Lizzie O'Shea, Chair of Digital Rights Watch
  • Mark Andrejevic, Professor at Monash University 
  • Dr Belinda Barnet, Senior Lecturer at Swinburne University of Technology 
  • Peter Lewis, Centre for Responsible Technology at the Australia Institute 

Launching our Centre for Responsible Technology's new book The Public Square Project, Reimagining our Digital Future by Peter Lewis and Jordan Guiao.

Western democracy has always been anchored by the idea of a public space where people gather to share ideas, mediate difference and make sense of the world. When Facebook blocked Australian users from viewing or sharing news in 2021, it sounded the alarm worldwide on our growing reliance on global tech companies to fulfil this critical role in a digital world. Facebook's hostile act, constituting a very real threat to participatory democracy, was a direct response to government attempts to regulate Big Tech's advertising monopoly and to mediate its impact on public interest journalism. The conflict sparked a new sense of urgency around the growing movement to imagine alternative digital spaces that operate in the public interest rather than simply for a commercial bottom line. Can we create sustainable media models to help us tackle society's problems? Can we engender a civic platform built on facts and civility? Can we control the power of our data and use it to promote the common good? The Public Square Project draws together leading tech scholars, industry experts, writers and activists to chart a path towards a public square worthy of the name.

When

Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Where

Victorian Trades Hall
54 Victoria St
Carlton South, VIC 3053
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