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

How the Hippies Destroyed the Internet

Faculty of Informatics hosted a talk by Moshe Vardi

DATE:Thursday, November 8, 2018
TIME:18:15 s.t.


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.


November 14, 2018 Der Standard, Forschung Spezial Haben die Hippies das Internet zerstört? (German)  (Have the hippies destroyed the internet?)


Hannes Werthner

Hans Akkermans (VU Amsterdam), Moshe Vardi (Rice University)

The debate with the members of the audience.

The organizer of the debate Hannes Wertner (middle), with H. Akkermans and M. Vardi, and the members of the VCLA board, and the Faculty of Informatics international advisory board.

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