Salon Series

Upcoming Salon Series events

OSTROM Workshop | Beyond the Web Salon Series: Roger McNamee

Monday, November 14, 2022

2 p.m.3:30 p.m.

Ostrom Workshop, 513 N. Park Ave, Bloomington, IN

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This series explores work advancing the Internet’s original promises of personal empowerment, peer-to-peer communication, & social networking based on positive mutual interests, rather than algo...Read more

OSTROM Workshop | Beyond the Web Salon Series: Vinay Gupta

Monday, December 12, 2022

2 p.m.3:30 p.m.

Ostrom Workshop, 513 N. Park Ave, Bloomington, IN

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This series explores work advancing the Internet’s original promises of personal empowerment, peer-to-peer communication, & social networking based on positive mutual interests, rather than algo...Read more

Archived talks and streams

The main business model of the Web goes by a label we all now know from the title of Shoshana Zuboff’s landmark book, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power. How do we fight surveillance capitalism? And how do we work around it? How, especially, can we keep our new Byway from becoming infested with it—or with the mendacities behind it?

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The Web is wonderful. Yet, while it’s a place where you can gather easily and find nearly all the information you want, it’s also where it’s easy to unknowingly have your thoughts, opinions, prejudices and choices of friends hacked by algorithmic nudging and viral misinformation. How can we do better, elsewhere on the Internet—such as on the Byway we’re exploring in this salon series?

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“Back when the Internet took off, in the mid-1990’s, it was called the “information superhighway.” (See the usage trend here.) While that term has fallen out of use, the need for original approaches to transport, both offline and on, is greater than ever—especially since we seem to have entrenched status quos in both. Can we meet that need?”

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“How can the Internet do what its parents wanted it to do: extend human reach and cognition, facilitate coordination and cooperation, work as an architectural foundation, and have no owners? And why has the Web failed at much of that? Also, how can the Byway succeed while the Web is still busy failing, yet clearly satisfying a great many needs?”

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“What was the Internet in the first place? And can we get past seeing it through the lens of the Web?”

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