People, Data and Power

The main question of this project is how citizens today can still understand, be involved in and influence their environments, given that more and more aspects of daily life are shaped by complex digital networks which are controlled and  governed in increasingly non-transparent ways by increasingly unaccountable organizations. The project brings together researchers, policy makers, hackers, artists and others who seek to address this question through analysis, debate, design sessions and interventions. The project connects – both informally and formally, in the context of public debates and during ad-hoc chats in bars, and in relation to concrete cases and imagined scenarios – people from different institutional and disciplinary backgrounds. Through these exchanges, we like to understand by what means, what technologies, what forms of public debate, what commercial models, what institutional arrangements, what forms of policy-making and which legal requirements we can make democratic principles relevant and vital in today’s digital society.