PublicSpaces Conference 2023. Photos by: Studio HER, Yvette de Wit.
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PublicSpaces Conference 2024

On 6 and 7 June, PublicSpaces and Waag Futurelab invite you to the fourth edition of the PublicSpaces Conference with the theme 'Taking Back the Internet'. The two-day programme will take place at Pakhuis de Zwijger. With panels, keynotes, round table sessions, lectures, art and culture we'll work towards an internet where we set the rules collectively.

Taking Back the Internet!

Anno 2024, most digital services and platforms are owned by a few Big Tech companies. This centralisation of power is not in line with how the internet was once conceived. It creates society-disrupting problems. From privacy violations and influencing election results to discrimination by biased algorithms, Big Tech's monopoly affects everyone. 

How do we - as citizens, organisations and governments - regain control of our data and our digital lives? If we want to be able to decide for ourselves what our digital ecosystem looks like, we need to be able to make independent decisions about the design, use and management of digital tools and platforms. During the conference, we will therefore engage with speakers, visitors and artists on data ownership, privacy, interoperability, decentralisation and more. In short: technology based on public values.


You can find the full programme here! 

State Secretary Alexandra van Huffelen will open the conference on June 6. Futurist Karen Palmer will provide the opening keynote, and economist Francesca Bria will share a European strategy for developing an ethical digital economy. Additionally, expect contributions from Luna Maurer, Mieke van Heesewijk, Bert Hubert, Kambale Musavuli, Paolo Cirio, Nanda Piersma, Queeny Rajkowski, Barbara Kathmann, Aaron Mirck, Roos Groothuizen, Nastia Cistakova, Astrid Poot, Paul Keller, Toshi Reagon, Esther Hammelburg, Martijn de Waal, Julia Janssen, Jan Zuiderveld, The Hmm, Sebastian Lasse, Marlijn Gelsing, Maaike Okano-Heijmans, Reijer Passchier, Tamara van Zwol, Lashaaawn, Benjamin Fro, Marleen Stikker, and many more 

The conference will be moderated by Roland Duong and Abdo Hassan.

Where? Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam

When? Thursday 6 June & Friday 7 June 2024

Get your tickets here!


Watch the aftermovie of the PublicSpaces Conference 2023:




Pakhuis de Zwijger
Piet Heinkade 179
1019 HC Amsterdam