Democracy Is Digital

Featuring Micaela Klein, Katherine Moriwaki, and Ben Smith
Featuring a performance by Elle Winston

More than four billion people now use the internet, a population more than twice as large as that of the largest countries on the planet. In the last decade, technology has helped promote the spread of democratic action in movements like the Arab Spring and the Women’s March, while simultaneously being integral to the rise of authoritarianism and tyranny across the globe. The future of humanity is being determined by algorithms, but who has a voice in how they are used and abused? Democracy Is Digital explores the idea of a borderless society, bound only by the reach of ones and zeroes, and how that society might be designed -- either for good or for ill. 

Democracy Is Digital is part of the Onassis Festival 2019: Democracy Is Coming, co-presented by Onassis USA and The Public Theater.

Micaela Klein manages international public policy for a tech company in the New York area. Before transitioning to the private sector last year, Micaela held a number of roles across the U.S. government where she helped formulate U.S. policy on key internet issues including cybersecurity, privacy, and net neutrality, among others. Most recently, Micaela served as an advisor on technology and telecommunication issues to a U.S. Senator and as the State Department’s lead negotiator on internet and cybersecurity policy at the United Nations and other international organizations. 

Katherine Moriwaki is an Assistant Professor of Media Design in the School of Art, Media, and Technology at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. Her work has appeared in numerous festivals and conferences including “Programmed” at the Whitney Museum, numer.02 at Centre Georges Pompidou, Futuresonic, Break 2.2, SIGGRAPH, eculture fair, Transmediale, ISEA, Ars Electronica, WIRED Nextfest, and Maker Faire. Her writing has appeared in, Ubicomp, CHI, ISEA, NIME, the European Transport Conference, and the Journal of AI and Society. 

Ben Smith is Editor-in-Chief of BuzzFeed News. Since joining the company in January 2012, Smith has built a newsroom of over 200 reporters and editors, led expansion of over 20 content verticals, and built teams across the world. Under his leadership, BuzzFeed News coverage has grown to include politics, business, investigative reporting, longform journalism, and entertainment while growing the site’s traffic to over 200M monthly unique visitors.

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