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Technological Sovereignty: A New Challenge for Cities? BITS Launch

Date:

7th October 2016

Time:

11:30am

Audience:

Public

Venue:

CCCB Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona. Montalegre, 5 - 08001 Barcelona

Summary:

Barcelona Initiative for Technological Sovereignty (BITS), a multidisciplinary effort to analyze and shape an urban technological agenda rooted in the ideals of democracy, solidarity, and autonomy.

 

Agenda
11:30 Opening Remarks
Gerardo Pisarello, First Deputy Mayor, Barcelona
11:45 Introducing BITS
Joan Subirats, Institute of Government and Public Policy (IGOP), Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB)
12:00 Technological Sovereignty and Cities
Evgeny Morozov, Author
12:20 Keynote: Postcapitalism, new forms of politics in Europe and globally
Paul Mason, Journalist and author
12:55 Discussion
Evgeny Morozov, Author
Paul Mason, Journalist and author
Francesca Bria, Chief Technology and Digital Innovation Officer, Barcelona City
Chair: Renata Avila, Human Rights lawyer, Intellectual Property and New Technologies
Q&A
14:00 Break – Lunch
15:00 Keynote: Urban space, property markets, and social justice in the 21st century city
Anna Minton, Author, journalist and academic
15:35 Discussion: Housing crisis, impact of predatory platforms on rental market, and city public policy alternatives
Anna Minton, Author, journalist and academic
Gala Pin, Department of Participation and Districts, District Councilor, Ciutat Vella
Hilary Wainwright, Co-founder Red Pepper and fellow Transnational Institute
Chair: Arnau Monterde, Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3), Open University of Catalonia (UOC)
Q&A
16:45 Closing
Gala Pin, Department of Participation and Districts, District Councilor, Ciutat Vella

 

 

BITS Launch Event

On October 7th BITS has organized its first debate in Barcelona about technological sovereignty and cities. That is, panelists discussed who decides priorities. Technology is something neutral and immune to political manipulation and the will to control and generate dependence. During BITS event was discussed on the need to politicize the digital change, in the sense of not taking as a data neither the technical infrastructure nor the generation of data, or the control of the data or the networks through which information and knowledge moves. If Barcelona wants to be ‘smart’, if it wants to demonstrate intelligence in how to address its present and future, it must be vigilant in the recovery and maintenance of its ability to decide also in technological matters.

Conference Videos:

Part 1

Opening remarks by Gerardo Pisarello, First Deputy Mayor, Barcelona, and Joan Subirats, Institute of Government and Public Policy (IGOP). Evgeny Morozov on how technology is transforming cities. Keynote by Paul Mason: Postcapitalism, new forms of politics in Europe and globally.

Part 2

Panel discussion on Technological Sovereignty and Cities. Panelists: Evgeny Morozov, Francesca Bria and Paul Mason. Debate chaired by Renata Avila, Human Rights lawyer.

Part 3

Anna Minton’s Keynote: Urban space, property markets, and social justice in the 21st century city. Panel discussion on Housing crisis, impact of predatory platforms on rental market, and city public policy alternatives. Panelists: Anna Minton, Gala Pin, Hilary Wainwright. Debate chaired by Arnau Monterde.

Related articles:

Postcapitalism and the city: Paul Mason’s Keynote at Barcelona Initiative for Technological Sovereignty.

Francesca Bria: “Volem posar el ciutadà al centre del debat tecnològic”

“Qui té la sobirania de les dades?” Karme Peiró sobre BITS

Barcelona inteligente, Joan Subirats sobre BITS