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An open letter about Something Digital

To our Something Digital tribe, Wow. It feels like it’s been a very long time since we’ve seen you all. In a normal year we would have bought the community together a number of times by now. But 2020 is not a normal year. COVID-19 has fundamentally changed the way we live, work and interact with […]
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Celebrating the Riff Sessions

3 months. 7 sessions. 12 speakers. Over 1000 registered attendees. And one epic Rona Playlist. It's been riffing amazing. Run as a series of 7 online sessions, the Riff Sessions examined our digital future in a post pandemic world. Where do the opportunities lie? How should we bridge the now and then? How will digital as we know it, change?
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Something Digital: The Rebel Edition

We are living in a BRAVE new world. One which is unpredictable, uncontrollable and a little bit crazy. So, in order to fit in, we’ve thrown out the rule book. Dubbed as the Rebel Edition, Something Digital 2020 is going rogue and running as a hybrid festival. Part In-Person. Part Online.
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A deep(er) dive into digital contact tracing

Today’s dilemma hits closer to home. How do I feel about opting into a government run app which will monitor my movements, in return for my freedom i.e. the potential end of lockdowns? I’ll be honest. I was sceptical in the past ...
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Is surveillance our path to freedom?

In the digital context, surveillance and privacy are often the cause for scandal. Platforms and third parties using our data for illegitimate uses; facial recognition leveraged for law enforcement; data theft a common story in our 24hr news cycle. However, we are are currently faced with the ultimate conundrum. Are you willing to give up your privacy for your freedom?
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We live in an upside down world. COVID-19 Update.

What an upside down world we live in. No doubt you are all sick of the COVID-19 messages (we are too) … but the reality is that we currently face a rapidly changing world, so we wanted to take a moment to update you on what that means for #SomethingDigital
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Nomad 1 2020: The wrap report. Life in a post-truth era.

Truth links into trust. If you tell me the truth, I will trust you and that forms the basis of our relationship whether it is in person or online. In fact, click bait and internet news requires you to emotionally connect with a piece to keep clicking through over and over again.
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Emergency Digital. The wrap report.

On February 4, over 100 of Brisbane’s finest digital minds came together to answer the question “How might we leverage digital innovation to better respond, manage and recover from emergency situations?”
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Something Digital 2020: The Decade of Redemption

The Decade of Redemption. With 2020 hindsight, how do we create the digital future that we need, deserve & want? Can digital innovation save the world? Should it? How can we use our collective power to create a positive digital future for the next generation?
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Something Digital 2019. The wrap report.

Over 3 days, across 16 activations, almost 1000 individuals from Brisbane’s digital ecosystem came together to celebrate all things digital. We embraced being provoked, having boundaries pushed and our thinking challenged. And we were also inspired, strengthened our digital capabilities and most importantly took in all the many, many digital success stories happening right here in our own back yard.
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Tim Hwang with on ABC 612

After a huge day at Something Digital 2019 on October 24, one of our International Keynote Speakers - Tim Hwang, Former Director of the Harvard-MIT Ethics and Governance of AI Initiative - was interviewed bright and early the next day by Rebecca Levingston for the Morning Show on ABC Radio!
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Something Digital Warmup #2: Dissecting Digital Dilemmas

The 2nd warmup of 2019 gave us a fast, furious, engaging and at many times an uncomfortable discussion - jumping from the potential creation of bias by not sharing our online data with government; to our responsibility as adults towards our children’s future memories and the question of humans make great pets by creating their masters (robots) - amongst other salient points.
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Something Digital Warmup #1: The 2019 state of digital in Brisbane.

What will we see in the year ahead? Digital with a human touch. What does that mean? It means that looking at the workforce and considering the people we have doing the jobs at the moment, how can we (organisations) enable and empower them to do great work and do great stuff? We need to aim for digital, with a human touch.
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Reflecting on the state of digital in Brisbane

2018 had a tumultuous beginning. The writing was on the wall that we were in for a big change in our digital ecosystem. Although we knew there would eventually be ramifications from players such as Facebook and Google having such a handle on our data … the convenience of a simple Google login or a ‘one click signup’ with Facebook trumped our security considerations. But perhaps we should worry less about the tech and digital that we need to be discussing, but rather how we - the people - are using the digital. How do we reclaim the power and control?
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Night Nomad 3 Wrap Up: The simplicity of data weaponisation.

When it comes to tech and the intersection of data, privacy and security, we are still very much in a grey area Davey pointed out: What matters more to me isn't just what happens in Brisbane or in NY. What matters is what happens when the tech is taken out of our hands and applied in places where it's not just our quarterly outcomes but where it's life and death.
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Night Nomad 2 Wrap Up: Exploring the tech behind intimacy

The evening cemented our belief that if we want to be a part of the huge shifts in our digital ecosystem (those that are already occurring and those that are yet to come), we have to be willing to show up and engage. The panellists were bold and passionate, and shed light on several topics that were mostly spoken considered 'taboo'.
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The economic impact of cybercrime. Are robots coming to the rescue?

In May 2018 a study undertaken by global research giants, Frost & Sullivan, and commissioned by Microsoft, revealed that the potential economic loss across Asia Pacific in 2017 due to cybersecurity incidents could have hit a whopping US$1.745 trillion. This is more than seven percent of the region’s total GDP (US$24.3 trillion) and a figure so big it’s difficult to comprehend.
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Night Nomad 1 Wrap Up: The ethics of robot servants

Our first Night Nomads event for 2019 quickly took us to the big and confronting questions ... Are you willing to be bold enough today and call a robot a servant? This is what the African Americans were called back in the day and look how wrong that is now
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Talking data, trust and security with Davey Gibian

Ahead of our 3rd and final Night Nomads event "The simplicity of data weaponisation", we caught up with our International Keynote (and all-round legend) Davey Gibian. As a specialist in data science, cybersecurity and geospatial systems + AI, Davey’s career spans across the White House, Silicon Valley, Wall Street & active war zones. So we couldn't think of anyone more qualified to discuss with us all things data + privacy + security.
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Life on the dark side of digital.

Whether we like it or not, the dark side of digital has always existed and Brisbane is no stranger to life in the shadows. After all we are home to the internet Porn King, Greg Shiraz Lasrado (and his posse), who were amongst the first in the world to make money from online porn in the 90s.
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The Night Nomads are coming.

The darker side of digital is here, whether we like it or not. Something Digital’s Night Nomad series will facilitate three frank and confronting conversations around the way in which digital technology is interfering with our lives.
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How does Brisbane’s digital ecosystem shape up?

2018 International keynote Justin Hendrix from NYC Media Lab caught up with Craig Zonca and Rebecca Levingston on ABC Radio. Hear from Justin on what our 2030 digital space looks like, why he was excited to chat all things digital at Something Digital, a bit more about NYC Media Lab and what's exciting him the most about the tech scene in NYC + worldwide.
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Data. The Ultimate Power? And the Ultimate Responsibility.

Any businesses collecting and using data is obligated to accept that being the custodian of an individuals data is a privilege, not a right. Consumers expect their data is treated with the utmost respect, the highest degree of security — and that moral and ethical practices are implemented with regards to when and how their data is used.
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