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The Path forward: Shaping European Public Spaces

vendredi 24 septembre
16:30 - 17:45

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Haute école des arts du Rhin (HEAR) - Strasbourg, Rue de l'Académie, Strasbourg, France
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About the Cologne Futures

Technological advancements, networks, and the increase in complexity of media and technologies have now reached a level that begs comparison: Natural evolution. New technologies are emerging from older ones, computer chips are designing the computer chips of the next generation, neuroscience, bioinformatics and genetic engineering are tearing down the boundaries between the technology and nature. The relationships between man, machine and code are also being redefined. Questions of control over technology have taken their place alongside the classic question of political power.

It is these premises that have guided the Cologne Futures, an annual boutique conference format founded in 2012 by the Institute for Media and Communications Policy (IfM). Devoted to the theory and history of media and tech evolution, it has hosted renowned speakers like Nick Bostrom, George Dyson, Susan Blackmore, Kathrin Passig, Richard Barbrook, Armin Nassehi, Meredith Patterson or Cory Doctorow.

On the special occasion of its 10th edition, the Cologne Futures will take place in Strasbourg, France, in cooperation with ARTE and the Biennale Européenne de la Créativité. Entitled “The New Political Economy of Information”, the conference will look into the role of information and media power in 21st century geopolitics.

Information has always equaled power. And while the dictum of information as the “new oil”, too, is neither particularly new nor undisputed, the importance of data - and algorithms - as a driver of innovation and value creation, contested strategic resource and force of societal disruption continues to grow. CF21 aims to dissect the complex realities of today’s information geopolitics and their implications for Europe from an economic, security, and - above all - democracy standpoint: How should Europe respond to the global nature of these challenges? What media policy and regulation are required to sustain principles such as freedom of information, opinion and expression or privacy? Finally, how can we foster democratic, inclusive European Public Spaces in the new political economy of information?

16:30: The Path forward: Shaping European Public Spaces

Input: Who is telling Europe’s “story” globally?
- Wolfgang Blau, Visiting Fellow, Reuters Institute, Oxford, and former President, International and Chief Operating Officer, Condé Nast

- Paul Nemitz, Principal Advisor on Justice Policy in the European Commission and visiting Professor of Law at the College of Europe (tbc)
- Andre Wilkens, Director, European Cultural Foundation, Amsterdam
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Conference moderator: Annette Gerlach, Journalist and TV presenter, ARTE

Join the discussion by
- registering for online participation via ZOOM;
- or, if you would like to attend in person at HEAR Strasbourg, by sending an email to

La conférence sera traduite en français et en allemand.

L'événement est accessible en transports en commun via les lignes de tram A et D et les lignes de bus 14 et 24. Un parking à vélos est disponible à proximité. Le lieu dispose d'un accès PMR.

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