Session d'ouverture par Lex Gill - The Web We've Always Wanted

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Nous sommes heureux de présenter deux sessions d'ouvertures cette année. L'un d'entre eux sera par Lex Gill, une chercheuse travaillant à l'intersection de la technologie, du droit et du changement social.

From access, disinformation and security to global censorship and state surveillance, the challenges facing the digital sphere seem more intractable than ever. Forget utopia: we come up short when asked to imagine slightly better alternatives, less-than-bleak futures, ways out. It’s easy to be a pessimist in 2017.

So where do we find the courage to talk about the future?

The IT department can make for unlikely political heroes. And yet amidst calls in the United States to expand vast immigration databases this Spring, a playful and compelling set of rallying cries has emerged from Silicon Valley and beyond. Build flaws into the Death Star. Don’t write software for Mordor.

Open source advocates have always known that the tech community has a special power to imagine (and build!) the kind of world we want to live in. But as innovators, architects, curators, maintainers and guardians of the web today, it’s about time we talked about our shared responsibility to do so.

In this short talk, we take a moment to step (way) back, and reflect on the kind of web we fell in love with to begin with. What was it like? What are its values and ambitions? How did we get from there to here? Whether working in business and industry, government or civil society, this talk offers a moment to think about the web we’ve always wanted — and how to make it real.

Lex Gill est chercheur travaillant à l'intersection de la technologie, du droit et du changement social. Elle est chercheuse au Citizen Lab, un laboratoire de recherche interdisciplinaire basé à la Munk School of Global Affairs de l'Université de Toronto et chercheur juridique de l'Association canadienne des libertés civiles (CCLA). Elle est une ancienne Google Policy Fellow à la Clinique d'intérêt public et de politique d'internet du Canada  (CIPPIC) et une ancienne affiliée au Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society de l'Université Harvard. Elle détient un B.C.L. / LL.B. de la Faculté de droit de l'Université McGill et est basé à Montréal.