re:connecting Europe 2017

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While at the re:publica Thessaloniki, we were able to meet up with Lefteris Kretsos, Greek State Secretary for Media and Communication. More in our video interview.


We’d like to take the opportunity to present six of our speakers and our partners at WOMEX, who accompanied us to both conferences and helped carry the idea of a networked Europe to Dublin and Thessaloniki.


re:publica touched down in Dublin from 8-9 September and then journeyed across the continent to dock in Thessaloniki from 11-13 September. For a total of 5 amazing days, we got together with decision-makers, activists, organisations and the local communities to debate, discuss solutions and connect Europe.


These were some of our #rpTHE highlights from day 2! We’ve also got few tips for what’s in store today. Check it out.


How can you use WhatsApp to get news to younger audiences? Hannah Schwär and Dorothea Schmitz explained how at the re:publica in Thessaloniki.


This was the first day at the re:publica in Thessaloniki. Here’s a little overview of all the goings-on.


Watch our interview with Klaus Lederer about re:connecting Europe through culture.


The re:publica in Thessaloniki has officially begun! Here's a quick overview of the opening ceremony.


Things finally get underway from 11 till 13 September: The second edition of re:connecting EUROPE begins in Thessaloniki. Here are three of our highlights:


We’re excited to be back and happy to kick-off the second edition of #rpDUB. Here a look back on the first day of #rpDUB.


Dublin isn’t just the home of the second #rpDUB running, it’s also a city well worth exploring. We’ve put together a little package of ideas and tips of things to do and see in Dublin.


It's time to present another speakers to you! Tanya Lokot will be speaking at both #rpDUB and #rpTHE. She is a Lecturer in Journalism at the School of Communications, Dublin City University. Read more about her in this Interview. 


May we present our speakers to you? Next up is the Irish entrepreneur Eoin Kennedy who will hold a talk on what technology can or cannot do for rural societies.


May we present our speakers to you? The next speaker we’d like to introduce is the Berlin-based internet activist and writer Jillian York, who will be speaking at #rpDUB and #rpTHE.


May we present our speakers to you? The next speakers we’d like to introduce are Antonella Napolitano and Marina Petrillo – journalists whose work focuses on migration and the refugee crisis. They will be speaking at #rpTHE.


May we present our speakers to you? Let’s start with the Irish journalist Caelainn Hogan, who researched the current Irish housing crisis. She took the time to answer some questions for us.


By the first deadline, we had already received more than 40 of your submissions, and so we just wanted to say: Thank You! 

re:publica 2017

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Snowden‘s revelations don’t surprise him at all: New Yorker Matt Mitchell researches the discrimination of Afro-Americans through surveillance.


According to advertising expert Gerald Hensel, in times of fake news, brands must take a stand. He demands: no advertising on right-wing or anti-democratic websites. He initiated the hash tag #KeinGeldFürRechts (no money for the right).



Her desperation about the state of the world brought Kübra Gümüşay to tears during her last talk at re:publica. She brought her own tissues this year and didn’t even need them. She’s moved beyond the quagmire and now stands above the hate.


It's never been easier to access information, knowledge and data. Yet, we still vote Trump, don't vaccinate our children, don't believe in climate change. What has happened? Lisa Charlotte Rost sets out on a journey in search of our minds.


First there was a social two-tier society, then the digital, and now we are moving towards a neural class differentiation, Miriam Meckel stated. In her talk she explained how humans and machines are merging and why that isn’t an exclusively positive thing.


At the moment Virtual Reality still feels like a game with imaginary parallel worlds. But technology journalist, Luca Caracciolo predicts that it will become ever more integrated into our daily lives – and reminds us that humans have been living with imaginary worlds for centuries.


Designer and filmmaker Nelly Ben Hayoun is on a mission to bring chaos and subversion into the tidy and hierarchical world of science and design. She offers a new form of hyperrealistic experience with her two doppelgangers Aglaé and Anaïs Zebrowski.


Claudio Guarnieri is a hacker, and one politicians should listen to as he has a message: in order for this internet thing to be ok in the long-run, people need to become technically more competent and larger corporations more transparent.


“Love out Loud!” - the slogan seems to fit Carolin Emcke perfectly. In 2016, her book "Gegen den Hass" (Against Hate) was awarded the German Book Trade´s Peace Prize and whilst she shares the re:publica call for love, it is however not without its limitations.

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Fibre optic cables, door signs, radio masts – Trevor Paglen photographically documents representations of the secret service world, lets algorithms interpret a string quartet and will be speaking at the #rp17 about pictures by machines for machines. 


A short re:publica interview with digital economist, political scientist and #rp17 speaker Steven Hill.


The obsessive collection of data is endemic in today’s world, but how are we using this accumulated knowledge? #rp17 speaker Lisa Charlotte Rost and her talk on “Data Visualisation” will help us shine a light into the dense thicket of data.


New York security expert, hacker and independent consultant Matt Mitchell will be speaking about digital security, data protection and surveillance at the re:publica. 


French director and designer Nelly Ben Hayoun is the latest addition to our mainstage programme. She’s on a mission to bring chaos and subversion into the worlds of science and design.


Silvia Lindtner, assistant professor at the University of Michigan in the School of Information, will be holding a talk on how the Chinese industrial city of Shenzhen became the “Silicon Valley of Hardware”. Her research and teaching focuses on the interaction between humans and computers, technological innovation, maker and DIY culture, as well as China.

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