José van Dijck: Europe and responsible platform societies
Start 19:00, End 22:00
The growing pains of digitisation involve intense struggles between competing ideological systems and contesting societal actors – market, government and civil society — raising important questions about responsibility and accountability. Two large ecosystems rule the global online world: a Chinese and an American-based ecosystem. The latter has overwhelmingly penetrated Western-European societies, disrupting markets and labor relations, circumventing institutions, transforming social and civic practices, and affecting democracies. Online platforms paradoxically bypass the institutional processes through which European democratic societies are organised, while at the same time they clash with local, national, and supra-national governments over who controls data-flows and algorithms.
José van Dijck is a distinguished university professor at the University of Utrecht (The Netherlands); she was the president of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences from 2015 until 2018. She was a visiting professor at MIT (USA), University of Toronto (CAN), Stockholm University (SWE) and University of Technology, Sydney (AUS). She received an honorary doctorate from Lund University (SWE).