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Symposium: Program Or Be Programmed. DataFest18 Fringe event

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Program Or Be Programmed: The implications of small data, local context and “Do-It-Yourself” technologies. Presented as part of the DataFest18 Fringe Events

13.00 : Welcome and introduction from a representative of the MAZI project.

13.15 : Keynote speaker presentation with questions.

14.00 : Case study presentations showing examples from the MAZI project from Deptford, Berlin, Zurich and Greece.

15.00 : Panel discussion and audience debate with invited panelists from MAZI and other projects.

16.00 - 18.00 : Social session - Coffee, drinks and networking showing exhibits and demos from the morning Hackathon and from the MAZI project.

Event web page: https://www.datafest.global/events-feed/2017/12/20/program-or-be-programmed-the-implications-of-small-data-local-context-and-do-it-yourself-technologies

“In a digital age, we must learn how to make the software, or risk becoming the software. It is not too difficult or too late to learn the code behind the things we use—or at least to understand that there is code behind their interfaces. Otherwise, we are at the mercy of those who do the programming, the people paying them, or even the technology itself.” ‘Program or be Programmed’ ( Rushkoff, 2010)

This is a two-part day of events, with separate tickets: a morning hackathon and an afternoon symposium. The events are open to; individuals from start-ups and SMEs, academic researchers and students, civic activists, and people who just like making technical stuff or debating its use! Participants are welcome to attend either or both of these events, depending on availability.

Presented by the EU H2020 funded MAZI project (Developing a DIY networking toolkit for location-based collective awareness http://www.mazizone.eu), the event will present an alternative view on data technology, focusing on “small” data, citizen empowerment and grassroots action. The MAZI project is a three year project investigating the uses of low-cost community WiFi networks and the software services that can be built with them. MAZI is working on four pilot studies, in Berlin, debating rights to the city; in London, helping marginalised communities find a voice when faced with gentrification; in Zurich, encouraging democratic participation; and in Greece, exploring how artists can help local communities reflect on their situation.

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