#Unplugging > Beyond Hyper-Connected Societies
Friday, 20 June 2014 from 13:00 to 16:00 (BST)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
The workshop will consist of academics from across the disciplines to critically analyse why the current socio-technical transformations, such as the expansion of social networks and the smart city, should not necessarily be understood as a proxy of ‘social capital’ for a better urban governance. Framed in the context of a society heavily influenced by the promises of Smart Cities, Big Data, smart devices etc., a cross-disciplinary analysis will discuss the side-effects and tensions between being online 24/7 and the subtle notion of #Unplugging, conceived as a rare privilege that only a few members of hyper-connected societies can attain.
The workshop will include presentations and interdisciplinary group discussions: (1) to debate and exchange relevant research and experiences (2) to go beyond the techno-determinism views and explore some of the side-effects of an increasingly hyper-connected society (3) to explore avenues of further research.
Further information: www.torch.ox.ac.uk/unplugging