International Keynote: The internet is broken – Surveillance capitalism is in

Future generations will look back on the first 30 years of the internet and wonder what went wrong. We’ve allowed five large global corporations to fall asleep at the wheel, putting profit ahead of global wellbeing, saddling us with so much manipulation and misinformation that we are unable to decipher what is true and what is fake.

Is there a way out of this rabbit hole? How can we as individuals take back control of our data? How can governments ensure that democracy is not lost through bad actors? And how can corporates re-build the trust that has been lost through endless breaches and lost promises?

The internet is broken. But society can still rise above. Maybe?


Presented by:

Berit Anderson, CEO & Editor in Chief, Scout

Berit Anderson is the CEO and Editor-in-Chief of, a media company exploring the future of technology through analysis, science fiction, and scenario planning games. She is also the Program Director at Future in Review, an annual gathering of top technologists, scientists and business executives focused on using technology to solve global problems.

Berit is an advisor on innovation, technology, media, and global policy, and has appeared at the Brussels Forum, the European Council on Foreign Relations, TEDxVilnius, DevoxxBelgium, and TEQNation among others. In 2017, her work on information warfare was featured in The New Yorker, Gizmodo, TechCrunch, and cited by Internet creator Tim Berners-Lee as one of the top three challenges facing the Internet. Berit is a member of Global Shapers, the World Economic Forum’s international network of young leaders, and serves on the boards of Yes! Magazine and InvestigateWest.


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