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Week 7—13
May 2018

MKW18 7—13 May

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Lunchtime Talks: What’s Wrong With Tech Utopias?

Startups - Talk

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Do we control the tech, or does the tech (industry) control us?

Technological change might seem beyond the reach of politics. But the streamlined utopias envisioned by Silicon Valley tech giants are far from inevitable. From automation to cryptocurrencies, smart cities and beyond, the digital age presents great opportunities for democracy, as well as huge challenges. How can we effect change in such a complex world? Join the conversation with lawyer and activist Lizzie O’Shea and Crikey Associate Editor Bhakthi Puvanethiran.

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Bhakthi Puvanenthiran

Bhakthi Puvanenthiran is Associate Editor of Crikey, writing mainly on politics and the media. Previously Bhakthi was a journalist and editor at the Age and Sydney Morning Herald covering arts, entertainment and business. She co-hosted the podcast Hard Bargain, is a regular media commentator and sits on the board of the National Young Writers’ Festival.

Lizzie O'Shea

Lizzie O'Shea is an Australian human rights lawyer, broadcaster and writer living in London. She is writing a book about the politics and history of digital technology.

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