Politics and society, in all their many facets, have rarely been as of crucial topics as they are now and re:publica 2018 will be looking at this thematic closer than ever.

While civic tech is a natural thematic overlap for us, we will also be examining the interplay of technology and society on the day-to-day basis. Some of the success stories include increased awareness and defence of digital civil rights and the ongoing support from our and many other communities for refugees.

However, with algorithms, a post-factual age where examination and evaluation are near impossible, filter bubbles, and the apparent inability to create dialogue we can't ignore that some of these causes stem from this interplay of tech and society.

The question, of how we interact (digitally) with each other, remains: does the platform society influence the way we spread and shape our own opinions?

Legitimised, yet still scandalous, mass surveillance, targeted selection of data, digital policy, and social media shutdowns as means of control prior to elections will all be discussed in 2017.

How are the international movements for digital democracy and open data developing? What social and legislative processes should be initiated to shadow ever accelerating automation? Where humans reasoning fails, can the “incorruptible” blockchain deliver on its promise of outsourcing essential processes?

We want to create a space where we can dissect and analyse – and develop approaches to mitigate problematic developments. Despite all set-backs there is still room for success stories!

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    This talk tells the story of the GIG network and its members, how we started as a small track at re:publica 2013 and grew to become not only a re:publica sub-conference, but also a network of trust that realizes projects around the globe together: from #i4Policy to the Labmobile, from PeaceHackCamps to Precious Plastics machines, from student exchange programs to hub sustainability. We aim for impact not exit!
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    A filmmaker and a researcher team up to talk about storytelling, protest and digital identity across Europe and beyond it, drawing on their personal and professional experiences. They look at how sharing personal stories can help people connect across borders and embrace the commonalities and differences in their expressions of dissent, and how digital networks can help or hinder this diffusion of ideas and tactics.
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    Taxation is normally a boring issue. But as they say "Hey it's the economy stupid!" and you pay for it. Based on the #rp17 talk in Berlin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCNjCD7R75E we will update of the talk and provide an further overview why that matter is crucial for Europe. From Berlin, to Dublin to Thessaloniki. What combines this 3 locations with taxation? We will a provide a quick overview of the international taxation system. Explaining what a Double Irish Sandwich is. How come international corporations like Google only pay 2.4% taxes. And how your favorite tech companies (Google, Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, ... ) evaded billions in taxes. This tax-dodging costs the European Union more than $50 billion. Annually. We bring this numbers into perspective.
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    Did you take part in the #BuyTwitter session, but still have questions?
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    In all the debates on the EU, finances play a central role. Come to the workshop of OpenBudgets.eu to learn all about the European Money Flows. This workshop will explain the basics of EU finances and budget policies with examples from our lobby on transparency on MEP allowances and the open data project subsidystories.eu tracing over 300 billion Euro in EU subsidies to the project level. Then we will dig into the EU budget itself and show you how to visualise and analyse the EU budget yourself.
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    We all believe to know were Digitalization has its home: in Silicon Valley. But is this really true? Recent developments in India and other countries call this into question. Are you interested to see the big picture? Then this topic is for you!
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    A genuine European republic will not come about through a graceful concession of the kings and queens of Europe. It will come about through the activism of its citizens, through social and political struggle, through cultural and artistic reinvention. Through socially aware technological and digital innovation. This is the historical challenge we have ahead of us today.
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    A filmmaker and a researcher team up to talk about storytelling, protest and digital identity across Europe and beyond it, drawing on their personal and professional experiences. They look at how sharing personal stories can help people connect across borders and embrace the commonalities and differences in their expressions of dissent, and how digital networks can help or hinder this diffusion of ideas and tactics.
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    Thessaloniki, Greece and Milano, Italy: unsung gateways of migration to the EU have long been dealing with both political unpreparedness and solidarity on the ground. We get them to tell each other their own story, and you get to tell yours.
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    Starting with an article by Nathan Schneider in the Guardian, #BuyTwitter went from a hashtag, to a diverse gathering of online activists congregating on digital platforms like Loomio and Slack, to a provocative motion at a Twitter AGM - proposing that the C-Suite explore proposals for selling the social network to its users!





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    I am looking to debate the notion of digital hate. How is digital hate defined, how and why it circulates, how big a problem it is, what is done to counter it. How can we counter hate not from a legal but from a sociological and cultural point of view? Can hate ever be totally eradicated? Can we purge emotions from social media platforms? If love and solidarity exist then hate too must exist - but if this is the case then are we fighting a losing battle? My talk will go over these dilemmas and will propose a new conceptualisation which focuses not (solely) on eradicating hate from social media but on rethinking its social and political functionality and then address it as such.
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    How does Facebook's Newsfeed connect with the rise of online hate speech? Why is EU taking on the wrong lead in regulating this phenomenon? I will argue that the usability of hate speech is of political and economic nature. As long as this fact will not be acknowledged and addressed, hate speech will continue to grow, take new forms and be the false reason for developing internet censorship tools. A new approach to regulation is needed.