Workshop: The Futures of the Internet


The Futures of the Internet

  February, 11th, 2022, 9:30 – 17:15


  Organisation: Jens Schröter (CAIS)

Workshop: The Futures of the Internet

In the 1990s there were euphorical hopes connected to the Internet, e. g. Barlow wrote his much-discussed ‚A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace‘. Nowadays it seems that the internet is normalized, policed and commercialized. What were the utopian hopes connected to the net? Are there new imaginary futures emerging – e. g. the ‚metaverse‘? Or is this just a reenactment of the ‚cyperspace‘? What futures are implied in the quantum internet? Can there be new perpectives for collectivity or coordination? The workshop will discuss possible ‚futures of the internet‘ and their political implications.


9:30 10:15 Jens Schröter: Futures of the Internet. A Sketch.

10:15 11:00 Shintaro Miyazaki: Dance the Digital! Dance the Internet!

11:00 Break

11:15 12:00 Clemens Apprich: Collaborative Filtering: From Neighbors to Models to (New) Collectives

12:00 Break

14:00 14:45 Johannes Bruder/Nelly Yaa Pinkrah: Tear It All Down. Or, What Is: Decolonization of the Internet?

14:45 Break

15:00 15:45 Tilman Baumgärtel: The Real Metaverse

15:45 Break

16:00 17:00 Benjamin Heidersberger/Jan Claas van Treeck: The Future(s) of the Internet(s)

17:00 17:15 Concluding Remarks

Respondent: Martina Heßler

The workshop will take place digitally. Access data will be sent the day before the event.

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