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Tuesday, 21 November, 2017 - 18:00 to Tuesday, 21 November, 2017 - 20:00
Varkensmarkt, 15 - 1000 Brussel
Redelijk Eigenzinnig / Reason and Engage (VUB)

Redelijk Eigenzinnig / Reason and Engage (VUB) is an interdisciplinary course for students and a series of lectures and activities open to all. The third edition of Redelijk Eigenzinnig / Reason and Engage (VUB) explores scopes and impact of new technologies.

Accelerated technological development in the field of ICTs, app, sensoring, etc. are transforming our cities. Digital technologies spread into every corner of the city dwellers’ lives. What impact do they have on the urban public(s) and dynamics? Does connectivity help to strengthen ownership over and participation in the urban sphere? Could datafication thrive urban inclusiveness and sustainability?  What new exclusions and vulnerabilities might arise from digitalization? How do we ensure that digitization benefits the city's livability? What role is there to play for scientists, policymakers, urban designers, active citizens and artists in ‘reclaiming the city’?

On Tuesday 21h of November 2017 Redelijk Eigenzinnig / Reason and Engage (VUB) proposes several activities to explore and experience the impact of new technologies on the urban public(s). Ils Mariën guides the workshop <(Dis)empowerment in a digital society>.

This workshop will raise your awareness about mechanisms of (dis)empowerment in today’s digital society. By reflecting about your own digital media preferences and digital skills and those of others versus the digital norm pushed by society, it will showcase when and where the ongoing digitization of society leads to structural advantages for some and structural disadvantages for others. 

Ilse Mariën is working as a post-doc researcher at imec-SMIT, a research centre attached to the Free University of Brussels (VUB) where she has been involved in several projects on digital inequalities, e-skills and other policy aspects related to digital media. For the moment, she is leading a 4-year federal research project – IDEALiC – that aims at setting the future scene of e-inclusion policies in Belgium.

This activity starts at BRONKS (Varkensmarkt 15 - 1000 Brussel) at 6PM.

More information: www.redelijkeigenzinnig.be

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