Upcoming Events

July-December 2017

Interrogating Digital Capitalism: A series of monthly events questioning liberal ideas of progress through technology

Digital technology powers neoliberal capitalism: it is central to globalisation, financialisation, the ‘flexible economy’, ongoing waves of automation and now, ‘big data capitalism’.

Liberals and many leftists assume that the problem is not the technology, but its abuse by corporations, the military and the state. But what if we are in a techno-social regime, in which these interests shape technology – and technology, in turn, shapes capitalism in a way that reinforces itself?

What if we are in a digital technocracy in which cybernetic principles of information capture and flexible control are becoming embedded throughout society? What if it is not just a matter of ‘rescuing the digital baby from the capitalist bathwater’?

Join us at this series of monthly events looking at current challenges raised by digital capitalism.

EVENT 1. Digital Technology and Neoliberalism: the Basics

PLEASE NOTE: We apologise that this event has been moved to the function room in the Lucas Arms Pub, 245A Grays Inn Road, WC1X 8QY.   This is because the Apple Tree pub double booked our room and informed us at the last moment.

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Lucas+Arms/@51.5279125,-0.1199641,18z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xf8634c8430c02943!8m2!3d51.5284666!4d-0.1195272

The meeting will be starting at 7.45pm in order to give you time to get there.  We apologise again for the inconvenience.

– London – 6th July 2017 – 06/07/2017 – 7:15 pm – 10:00 pm

EVENT 2. Digital Technology as Heavy Industrial Technology: iSlavery and Environmental Destruction

– London – 6th September 2017 – 06/09/2017 – 7:15 pm – 10:00 pm

EVENT 3. Digital technology and automation: the end of capitalism or a new Lucas Plan?

– London – 4th October 2017 – 04/10/2017 – 7:15 pm – 10:00 pm

EVENT 4. Race, Gender and Digital Capitalism

– London – 1st November 2017 – 01/11/2017 – 7:15 am – 10:00 pm

EVENT 5. Big data: state, corporate and social surveillance

– London – 6th December 2017 – 06/12/2017 – 7:15 am – 10:00 pm