NET@50: The Roots and Future of the Internet

The first message was sent over Arpanet, the precursor to the Internet, in October 1969. Now, a half-century later, the Net has changed the world—enabling unprecedented communication, widespread access to education and ideas, and a range of services that have improved business and quality of life for billions. That same technology platform, though, is increasingly a tool for misinformation, fraud, and even cyber warfare and repression—to the point some of the Internet’s creators and other leaders favor rebuilding key parts of the architecture to focus on issues like data ownership, privacy, and security, or even tearing it down and starting from scratch.

Net@50 is a special two-part gathering taking a critical look at the Internet today and where it is heading—part of a new exploration by the World Frontiers Forum into ways to enhance and protect digital identity, privacy, and safety. A gala dinner will honor the Internet’s pioneers and bring together past, present, and future technology and business leaders.

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The World Frontiers Forum 2019

Our annual World Frontiers Forum will take place in Berlin on November 8 and 9, on the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Wall. It will be focused on The Future of Digital Identity and look to frame a 2020 Convergence Project around this topic. 

On November 8, we will gather around 80 artists, scientists, designers and other thought leaders in Berlin. By way of talks, performances, unique food experiences and brainstorming we will explore new paths toward digital identity and freedom framing a future action of the World Frontiers Forum.  

On November 9, we will explore these paths with a larger audience of around 200 and end the day in a celebration of a new permanent installation by 2018 Frontier Art Prize artist Tavares Strachan — on the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Wall.

To members: Registration information coming soon. 

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