How the Hippies Destroyed the Internet: Moshe Vardi and Hans Akkermans

DATE:Thursday, November 8, 2018
TIME:18:15 s.t.
VENUE:EI 10 Fritz Paschke-Hörsaal, Gußhaußstraße 25-29, Stiege 1

It is a pleasure to share the annocement of the debate hosted by the Faculty of Informatics, TU Wien, where you will have the chance to meet the member of the VCLA´s International advisory board, Moshe Vardi.

In his vigorously discussed editorial “How the Hippies Destroyed the Internet” (CACM July 102, Vol. 61, No. 7), Moshe Y. Vardi connects the “anti-establishment” movement of the 1960s and 1970s with today’s mantra of information freedom. He argues for ditching the ad-based business model that has mutated into a surveillance machine and to build a better Internet.

Is information freedom good for society? Does information as an unregulated, shared and public resource contribute to the positive development of society, or does it not lead to individual users behaving contrary to the common good by independently acting in their own self-interest?

Moshe Y. Vardi (Rice University Houston) in discussion with Hans Akkermans (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) (both members of the Faculty´s International Advisory Board) about these and other questions his editorial has raised at the Faculty on Informatics.

The event is organized by the Faculty of Informatics, TU Wien.

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