Towards better policies for the digital public sphere
As our lives are increasingly taking place online, digital rights are important. But what are our online rights? How can we influence policies? CODE brings together artists, non-artists, politicians and policymakers in a dialogue to implement and improve laws and legislation that will protect our rights as digital citizens and online consumers. For 5 months we worked closely together in a series of workshops, a social hackathon and a symposium about issues of privacy and freedom in our digital public sphere. At Ars Electronica 2021, we present the results of the program and a talk by Frederike Kaltheuner, tech policy analyst, researcher and data-justice advocate. The talk will be moderated by Friso Wiersum (European Cultural Foundation, Expodium).
Everywhere we see initiatives trying to get to grips with issues of privacy and freedom in our digital public sphere. Political parties like VOLT, who heavily focus on better digital agency, just got into the Dutch parliament and popular Dutch broadcast shows highlight the lack of digital literacy in the government. But how do we proceed from here? Which systems need to be put in place — and by whom?
CODE is a collaboration between Utrecht-based IMPAKT and the Berlin-based School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe. CODE shows the potential of cross-disciplinary collaborations to catalyze systemic change. After a first phase centered on the Netherlands and Germany, in the coming years we will expand the scope of the project to other European countries.
CODE is made possible with the generous support of Fonds Soziokultur, Cultural Participation Fund, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Goethe Institute and Creative Industries Fund NL.