Thursday, September 28, 2006

Afternoon and Evening Online Viewing

As I am somewhat outside the community of scholars while I am on parent leave I rely on the Net as a way of continuing contact with interesting things. Today I will be watching two online streams of seminars that I would really like to have attended. Well one is in Ghent so I probably would not have been there anyway.
First is Mathias Klang in HUMlab (I am not happy about missing this):

[28 September, kl. 15:00]
Disruptive technology: Effects of Technology Regulation on Democracy
Mathias Klang, Gothenborg University.
Social interaction is partly shaped by technology being used. Therefore technological innovation affects modes of social interaction. While gradual technological innovation is often assimilated, some changes can be more disruptive. This research examines the democratic impact of attempts to control disruptive technology through regulation. This is done by studying attempts to regulate the phenomena of online civil disobedience, viruses, spyware, online games, software standards and Internet censorship - in particular the affect of these regulatory attempts on the core democratic values of Participation, Communication, Integrity, Property, Access and Autonomy. By studying the attempts to regulate the disruptive effects of Internet technology and the consequences of these regulatory attempts on the IT-based participatory democracy this work shows that the regulation of technology is the regulation of democracy.

Live Stream:
(link only becomes active tomorrow at 15).

Then tonight at 9pm (CET) we have:

Lecture by Thomas Soetens and Kora Van den Bulcke at Homo Futuris. Sept. 27
Live stream available from 21:00 local time at:

Vooruit Kunstencentrum, Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 23, 9000 Gent, Belgium

Sept. 27 at 21:00 - 22:00 Domzaal
Homo Futuris: the influence of science & technology on tomorrows life. Homo futuris
is a collaboration between Unesco and Vooruit Kunstencentrum. For more information
about Homo Futuris visit:
During this lecture we will present a walk through of IMPLANT and the Common
Grounds Network and discuss how these projects connect to "The Virtual as interface
to Self and Society".


Be thankful for the Net (and its still persisting freedoms)!!!!

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