THE SPEAKERS

Amazingly talented humans from all over the world – from different spheres and of different opinions – will share their intriguing projects and mind-blowing theories to help you navigate the complexity of now and beyond. Practically speaking, expect anything from Neuroscientists to economists to artists to chefs. 2019 (and pretty much every year), 50 % were men.

Speakers will be announced continuously during Spring. Check em out below, and while waiting for more, do get lost in our huge video archive

THE 3 OUT OF 40 BRILLIANT SOULS ANNOUNCED SO FAR

  • EVAN SELINGER (USA)

    Rochester Institute of Technology

    EVAN SELINGER

    Professor of Philosophy, Rochester Institute of Technology (USA)

    Evan Selinger is a Professor of Philosophy at Rochester Institute of Technology where tech-ethics (including AI) and privacy are his areas of expertise. At The Conference he will elaborate on why obscurity is such an important concept in regards to the rapid development of mega surveillance and in particular of face recognition technology.

    Evan has been published extensively and his latest book Re-Engineering Humanity (co-authored with Brett Frischmann, 2018) was selected as one of Guardian’s best books of 2018. He regularly writes for newspapers and magazines like The New York Times, Wired, The Atlantic, The Guardian and many more. To enhance public policy, he works with legal and advocacy organizations like the ACLU and is also involved with several NGOs. AND (and this is still the micro version) he advise companies, which over the years has included giants like Facebook and IKEA.

  • JOANA MOLL (ESP)

    Artist & researcher

    JOANA MOLL

    Artist & researcher (ESP)

    Joana Moll is a Barcelona / Berlin based artist and researcher whose main research topics include Internet materiality, surveillance, social profiling and interfaces. At The Conference she'll explore the climate impact and hidden surveillance that stems from our use of technology.

    Joana has lectured, performed and exhibited her work in different museums, art centers, universities, festivals and publications around the world. Furthermore she is the co-founder of the Critical Interface Politics Research Group at HANGAR [Barcelona] and co-founder of The Institute for the Advancement of Popular Automatisms. She is currently a visiting lecturer at Universität Potsdam (DE), Escola Elisava (ES) and Escola Superior d'Art de Vic (ES).

  • JOANNE MCNEIL (USA)

    Lurking: How a person became a user

    JOANNE MCNEIL

    Author, Lurking: How a person became a user (USA)

    Joanne McNeil a writer interested in the ways that technology shapes culture and society. She is also the author of the much anticipated new book ’Lurking: How a Person Became a User’ (2020), in which she digs deep and identifies the primary (if sometimes contradictory) concerns of people online: searching, safety, privacy, identity, community, anonymity, and visibility.

    Joanne was the inaugural winner of the Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation’s Arts Writing Award for an emerging writer. She has been a resident at Eyebeam, a Logan Nonfiction Program fellow, and an instructor at the School for Poetic Computation. Her essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Wired, Filmmaker, The Baffler and many more.