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Stepping Into the New Digital Age – Book Discussion and Symposium at The Second Floor (T2F)


Stepping Into the New Digital Age - Book Discussion and Symposium at T2F

The Department of Media Sciences at SZABIST, Liberty Books, and The Second Floor (T2F) invite you to a discussion and review of Eric Schmidt’s book “The New Digital Age”, followed by three engaging panels on technology, culture, and society.

The New Digital Age

Moderated by Salman Abedin, this session will analyze the book, “The New Digital Age” from various intellectual traditions including the Foucauldian Panopticon and will offer a critique of the surveillance economy. The panel will discuss Pakistan as an example in the book, the role of technology companies in allegedly providing data to the NSA through PRISM, and the implications of the changes being wrought to the fabric of societies in transition.

  • Panelists: Dr Imran Amin, Noaman Asar, Norbert Almeida, Sabeen Mahmud

Dystopian Futures

In a post-modern, hyper-connected yet increasingly alienated world, is it possible that we will succumb to a dystopic destiny, predicted in the Orwellian nightmare of 1984? This panel, moderated by Fauzi Dossul, will attempt to dissect a multitude of speculations as humankind hurtles onwards in its quest for ‘bettter’ and ‘improved’ technology.

  • Panelists: Aisha Chapra, Framji Minwala

Technology and the Human Condition

Moderated by Ahmed Ansari, this panel will address technological determinism from a design and ontological perspective, whilst examining the issues that affect design practice and technological futuring.

  • Panelists: Irfan Kheiri, Imran Moinuddin, Dr Kristy Rawson, Zain Mustafa

The Technology Future of Pakistan

This session, moderated by Sabeen Mahmud will bring into focus the problems Pakistan faces and will attempt to identify technology pathways in Pakistan’s quest for a ‘brighter’ future.

  • Panelists: Jahanzaib Haque, Saqlain Zaidi, Shehram Mokhtar

Date: Saturday, 22nd June, 2013
Time: 11:30 am – 6:00 pm
Suggested Donation: Anything you like. Please support our vision of intellectual poverty alleviation by donating generously.
Venue: The Second Floor (T2F), 10-C, Sunset Lane 5, Phase 2 Extension, DHA, Karachi.

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