Mind the Progress – Momentum towards a digital future

Event put on by the Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft in the HafenCity between August 20 and 21 – on the theme “flying blind digitally”
19 August 2021
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International speakers and guests from the arts, culture, science and society will hold discussions on August 20 and 21 on the theme “We’re flying blind digitally” in Hamburg’s Oberhafenquartier and online during the congress ”Mind the Progress – Momentum towards a digital future”. Carsten Brosda, Hamburg Senator for Culture and the Media, will open the congress, and Constanze Kurz, computer scientist, author and spokeswoman for the Chaos Computer Clubs (CCC) will give the keynote opening address.

Mind the Progress: Perspective on digital issues being neglected in everyday life

“The congress Mind the Progress has established itself as a fixed event in Hamburg for discussing topical issues on the future of digitalization,” Culture Senator Carsten Brosda says. Since 2018, an audience of some 300 have held interdisciplinary debates with well-known speakers annually at Mind the Progress. “This year it focuses on how we are flying blind digitally,” Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft CEO Egbert Rühl says. The congress aims to take a deliberate look at digital issues that are neglected in everyday life, but are nevertheless key to how we get along with each other. For example, “how we can prevent software discriminating, whether democracy can cope with digitalization” and “how humankind is at the centre of technological development and not the other way round,” Rühl adds.

From basic digital rights to ethics in the digital space

While Ulf Buermeyer, a lawyer and host of the political podcast “State of the Nation”, conducts research into basic digital rights, for Sarah Spiekermann-Hoff, head of the Institute for Business Information Technology & Society at the University of Vienna, everything turns on the essential need for digital ethics. The polymath Jaron Lanier will scrutinise the business models of social media, and the psychologist Julia Brailovskaia has taken on exploring the psychological level of human media behaviour. The Event is being put on by the Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft (Hamburg Creative Association) with support from nextMedia.Hamburg, the Hamburg School of Ideas and the Culture and Media department. Tickets are available online.