It is said that when it comes to blockchain technology we are in 1995, when the WWW as we know it was born. In these almost 25 years the internet has transformed how we relate to others, how we work, how we learn, how we buy or how we take decisions. With our online activity, we generate a large amount of data and leave a trail, unnoticeable for us, but of great economic value for a handful of large corporations. Also in these almost 25 years the web developments have been adopted, before anyone else, by the artists and music has been (and is) the groundbreaking field in the implementation of technologies that disrupt the establishment.
In Sónar+D we take the pulse of the internet in 2018, we look at where it can go in the coming future and we do not lose track of these 25 years connected existence.
How can you make the Internet a safer place to browse, collaborate, work and create? With the help of the co-founder and director of The Mozilla Foundation, Mitchell Baker, we will discover what initiatives are being taken to make the Internet a common good: open, free, neutral, inclusive and privacy friendly.
Will blockchain change the internet as we know it? Artist and researcher Mat Dryhurst, a specialist in digital infrastructures for digital creation, will talk about how blockchain can be a revolution in creation, collaboration and exchange of value in music (and beyond).
How personal is your data? Alistair Alexander, project manager of the infoactivist organization Tactical Tech, will present their digital security and privacy programs such as the exhibition The Glass Room Experience (which we can see in MarketLab); the Data Detox program, designed to raise awareness of the data we generate; and two workshops in which our personal data and devices will no longer be unknown.
What have we learned from the digital transformation of music in the last 25 years? Ian Rogers will give us the answer. The current CEO of LVMH's digital area is a pioneer in bringing music and technology together and has lived the ups and downs of the music industry in the front row.