Wednesday, November 7
8:45 – 10:10 am
Gold / Silver Room
How to Fix The Future
Borrowing from the themes of his 2018 book, How To Fix The Future, Andrew Keen analyses the failure of the digital revolution over the last 25 years. He argues that, for all its promise, this revolution has not only failed to produce more economic equality, jobs and cultural understanding, but is actually contributing to our winner-take-all economy and the cultural dissonance of our social media world.
So what to do? Arguing that the key challenge of the early 21st century is establishment of human agency over the algorithm, Keen lays out five key strategies — regulation, innovation, education, consumer empowerment and citizen engagement — for fixing the future. Taking concrete examples from digital reformers all over the world – from Estonia to India to Singapore to Brussels to Silicon Valley itself — he lays out a series of very practical steps for realizing the amazing potential of the digital revolution over the next 25 years."
Andrew Keen is one of the world's best known and controversial commentators on the digital revolution. He is the author of four books: Cult of the Amateur, Digital Vertigo, The Internet Is Not The Answer, and his latest book How To Fix The Future. Published in February 2018, How to Fix the Future has been called by Fortune Magazine ""the most significant work so far in an emerging body of literature…in which technology's smartest thinkers are raising alarm bells about the state of the Internet, and laying groundwork for how to fix it. Andrew is the host of the "Keen On" show, a popular TechCrunch chat show, and was named one of the "100 Most Connected Men" in 2015 by GQ magazine.