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Thursday 05/28/15 10AM-11AM


Great Hall, the Cooper Union
7 E 7th St
New York, NY 10003 Directions

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Keynote: Seeing Through the Noise

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Photo: Yanai Yechiel

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Watch the event on the New Museum’s YouTube Channel.

In the information age, we are increasingly dependent on global-network infrastructures that are as invisible as they are vast. These networks dictate the dynamics of decision-making and the shape of power structures, from government records and trading platforms to the seemingly more “democratic” web and social media. How, as citizens, do we relate to the networks, infrastructures, and technologies that underpin urban life today? What role, if any, do they play in promoting justice and accountability, thereby shaping the future of society? How can art and culture encourage awareness of the centrality of data in twenty-first-century life?

Lawrence Lessig
Director, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University
Lawrence Lessig is a proponent of reduced legal restrictions on copyright, trademark, and the radio frequency spectrum, particularly in technology applications. In May 2014, he launched a crowd-funded political action committee, which he termed Mayday PAC, with the purpose of electing candidates to Congress who would pass campaign finance reform. Lessig is a founding board member of Creative Commons and Founder of Rootstrikers.

Participating Organizations: Lawrence Lessig

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