2020: The internet and its humanity

‘When you grow up you have to accept responsibility’ says the father of the internet, Tim Berners-Lee. 

As a fully fledged 30 year old, the internet has grown bigger and faster, however it hasn’t matured or evolved as much as it’s years would indicate. In one corner we often hear about how the internet is broken, with challenges around privacy breaches, data exploitation, threats to democracy, bad actors.  

On the other hand we are hopeful about the possibilities which lie before us - the internet of everything, collaboration and community, increased affordability & availability of technology...

… likely a digital future we unable to comprehend.

The internet is a reflection of our humanity. It magnifies our ability to do good, to build communities, to create, to save lives; along with our dark side, the hate, fear, anger & frustrations of being human. 

The 2020 Night Nomad Series will celebrate the internet and explore the relationship between our real selves and our online personas. We will examine the good, the bad and the ugly that has inadvertently altered the course of humanity. 

Events at a glance

Nomad 1: The end of truth. Life in a post truth era.
If millions of people say something is true, then is it? What are the repercussions of the end of truth on trust, democracy, free speech and the way we engage with our ecosystems? Are disruptive technologies to blame?
Nomad 2: The disintegration of the digital/physical divide.
What will our lives look like when we are always ‘on’ communicating, two ways, with the internet? When we are plugged into a virtual world, amplifying our abilities through cyborg modifications, or using micro chips embedded into our arms for tracking & convenience? 
Nomad 3: Visions of the internet in 2070.
We might be forgiven for feeling gloomy about the state of the internet. Between data leaks, privacy erosions, ethical dilemmas and unintended consequences, we can easily fall into the trap of questioning the benefits of the world wide web and our behaviours in the digital realm. However the beauty of the internet is also unfathomable. 

Speakers

Danielle Cronin
Editor
Brisbane Times
Hayden Delaney
Partner + Head of IP & Technology Team
HopgoodGanim

Dimity Dornan
Executive Director & Founder
Hear and Say / Bionics Queensland
David Douglas
Postdoctoral Fellow (Responsible Innovation in Robotics and AI)
CSIRO 
Susan Forde
Director, Centre for Social & Cultural Research
Griffith University  
Ben Johnston
Co-founder
Josephmark

Fiona Kerr
Founder and CEO
The NeuroTech Institute
Marek Kowalkiewicz
Chair in Digital Economy
QUT
Lucie Krahulcova
Policy Analyst - APAC
Access Now 

Cat Matson
Manager, Economic & Community Development
Ipswich City Council 
Stephen Phillips
CEO
Mawson 

Benjamin Richards
Executive Producer
Apothecary Films
Kirsty Robinson
Head of Experience - Brisbane
VMLY&R

What our attendees had to say

A fantastic event. This was a deep-dive into the philosophy and morals of modern technology. The Night Nomads series is well-organised and perfect for general technology enthusiasts who want to avoid the tech-jargon.
James Jessup
The Night Nomads have delivered an event that no other group has: thought provoking content with industry leaders in an interactive setting that was incredibly stimulating and entertaining at the same time.
Jane Cluff
Something Digital have done it again with the Night Nomads event series. It is the best way to keep your finger on the pulse of the important topics we need to know about and questions we need to be asking. And so its not just a great brain stretch but also a really fun night!
Jane Peacock