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Ars Electronica in Linz. “Goodbye Privacy” is the theme of this year’s Ars Electronica, the festival of art, technology and society in Linz, Austria. September 5–11, 2007, the focus will be on these late-breaking phenomena of a new culture of everyday life being played out between angst-inducing scenarios of seamless surveillance and the zest we bring to staging our public personas via digital media.


Artists, experienced network nomads, theoreticians, technologists and legal scholars will approach this year’s theme from quite different perspectives:

  1. What do we have at our disposal to counter the intrusions of control and surveillance technologies?
  2. How can the new cultural paradigms of Web 2.0 communities be made to generate social dynamics that can also display relevance in the real world?
  3. How can we prevent the loss of individual control over our digital personas?
  4. What sorts of new strategies are there to reinvent privacy in the transparent world of digital media?
  5. How can we shatter the pre-configured virtual public spheres of the entertainment industries and mold new ones ourselves?
  6. How can we bring the entire cultural diversity of our societies to bear in these newly emerging public, social realms?

The very first speeches you can download here.

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