The Internet Is not the Answer
Andrew Keen, Author; Executive Director, FutureCast; Senior Fellow, CALinnovates; Host, “Keen On”; Columnist, CNN
Elizabeth Stark, Founder, StartBitcoin.org - Moderator
The advent of the Internet ushered in one of the greatest shifts in society since the Industrial Revolution. There are many positive ways in which the Internet has contributed to a more open and dynamic world – think of how easy it is today to keep up with events from around the world, conduct business on a global scale or order the exact product you need by merely tapping a screen. We are, however, less aware of the Internet’s deeply negative effects on our psychology, economy, and culture. From the rise of big data companies to the increasing attempts to monetize almost every human activity, the Internet continues to reconfigure our society – often at great cost. Andrew Keen, a 20-year industry insider, shows us the tech world with all its imperfections, and explores how we can mitigate the unpleasant and unforeseen aftershocks that result from the reshaping of our society.