Author and researcher Evgeny Morozov and journalist Karin Pettersson talk about the internet and democracy on 6 March.

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About data, democracy, power and monopoly
- a conversation with Evgeny Morozov, Karin Pettersson and Mathias Antonsson

We no longer control our own information flows, those that give us news about politics, economics and the situation in the world. Most people agree that the internet and social media also feed a polarized society, but what does it do to our democracy - is it in real danger?

When a few internet companies gain more and more economic and political power, should and can we break these monopolies? What are the options for the future and how do they affect developments in AI? These are some of the current issues that are raised when ABF Stockholm together with FUF, Civil Rights Defenders and Olof Palme International Center presents:

EVGENY MOROZOV, writers and researchers from Belarus behind the books The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom and To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism where he wrote about how the internet affects civic engagement and regime stability in authoritarian, closed societies. He was early on warning about how the internet could facilitate mass surveillance and the spread of propaganda. In 2018, he was named one of the most influential Europeans by the newspaper Politico and he writes regularly for newspapers such as The Guardian, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and The Economist. Read one of his latest chronicles in The Guardian

KARIN PETTERSSON, journalist and author behind the acclaimed book The Internet is broken - Silicon Valley and the crisis of democracy will lead the conversation. In 2018, she invited Evgeny Morozov to her podcast, Start Worrying, details to follow. Karin Pettersson has previously founded the magazine Fokus, been political editor at Aftonbladet and since 2018 she is Director of Public Policy in the Schibsted Group.

Participates also does MATHIAS ANTONSSON from Civil Rights Defenders, the organization that works to review human rights also on the internet. Civil Rights Defenders is part of Design 4 Democracy, an international coalition that works directly with Facebook and Twitter's headquarters to make their platforms more democratic. Mathias Antonsson has worked with tech, innovation and human rights for more than ten years for e.g. UN, Sida, Ushahidi and Plurrify.

Local: Sandlersalen, Plan 1
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The seminar is held in English. Welcome!

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