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Tracks

  • Digital technologies are changing our every day culture in a multitude of ways. We are living in the middle of the post-digital age. The Internet is omnipresent – particularly in the arts and in culture.

  • In the track City and Mobility we are taking a look at the impact digitalization has on cities. What does the increasing interconnectedness of urban space mean for the inhabitants of a city?

  • At re:publica, sparkling eyes do not only belong in front of the stages, unnexpected surprises can be found everywhere.

Topics

  • “We’re still allowed to say that, aren’t we?” – We live in an era in which freedom of expression is writ large and is one of the most important parts of our democracy. Everyone can say what they want on the internet and what they say is also heard and/or read by large numbers of people.

  • Ah, the good ol’ days; do you remember how it used to be; wow, have we gotten old; it’s hard to believe – that happened so long ago; we were young and had so little; oh my, look how he’s grown!

  • Digitisation is changing the possibilities for democratic participation. New digital tools provide hope for more direct participatory procedures, but how can we use these new technologies in a way that encourages democracy?

  • For the first time TINCON Berlin will take place as part of re:publica.

  • We do yoga at work and there is a meditation space. Vegetables are growing in an office garden that all the employees help tend. Exercise programmes are offered and team-building activities are standard, as are working hours customised to each worker’s schedule.

  • Blockchain is a comparatively young technology, a “new kid on the block”: Since 2009, the development of Blockchain-related applications (“Smart Contracts”) have made decentralised transactions possible through the use of cryptographic functions such as Trusted Computing. Say what?

  • World-class learning for the 21st century

  • All over the world, schoolgirls and schoolboys take topics to the streets and demonstrate for a climate-friendly policy. The Fridays for Future demonstrations are intended to remind us to use our resources, our earth, in a sustainable way.

  • Smart cities promise great things through urban digitisation: real-time responses to logistical challenges that stem from ever-expanding urban areas; benefits for the education and health system; boosts in political participation; advances for the sharing economy.

  • We are dedicating re:publica 19 to the long read, the small print, the footnotes; to the power of research, the power of controversy and the urgency not to simplify the issues that divide or unite us.

  • “The working worlds of the future” is the topic for the Science Year 2018. Before the session of Ranga Yogeshwar the German minister for education and research will open the topic "We can Work it Out".

  • They say the future is not what it used to be.

  • POP is our uber-motto this year. Our new website design in green-screen-green already alludes to the direction we’re headed – even despite the inherent blank space: Squeaky clean, Seventeen cut-out popstar culture might come to mind.

  • We live in a connected world in which digital technologies accelerate our communication, make information more accessible and production processes more transparent. At least this is what we hope for.

  • Diversity and inclusion are fundamental elements of our value set. We’ve already achieved a lot, but there’s still so much more to do. We asked female techmakers, digital pioneers and coders out there: Is it time for us to enlarge the “Fe:male Digital Footprint”?

  • Music and the digital sphere are closely interconnected. But our #rp18 Music topic isn’t just about a national and international exchange, the promotion of new formats or the continued development of the scene at the intersection of sound and technology.

  • The internet began with the decentralisation of communication – we gained more power over the kind of information we had at our disposal and wanted to consume. Are we currently experiencing a new freedom through decentralised financial flows?

  • Health in times of interconnectedness in a fascinatingly wide spectrum: “re:health” deals with the various aspects of how digitisation leaves its marks on the realms of (quantified) health and health services, and the opportunities and risks that these developments have for people and their bodie

  • On day two of re:publica, stage 9 will dedicate itself to virtual worlds. The concept of complete immersion into artificial worlds is not a new one. Texts, films, video games, and performance pieces all aim to engulf their audience. VR, on the other hand, is still struggling to mature.

  • Publishing on the web can unfortunately mean stumbling onto thin ice, legally speaking. Copyright law, cease and desist, surreptitious advertising – those are just some of the keywords and stumbling blocks.