Naked in the Infosphere

Prest Theatre
111 Barry Street, Carlton
The University of Melbourne, Parkville


As our digital forms grow, the increasing uses of our personal data are revealing an urgent need for us to re-examine how we frame our perceptions of reality and sense of agency.

Recent events such as the Cambridge Analytica breach are highlighting how the intimate details of individuals and groups are being laid bare.

Consequently, heat-seeking questions and concerns abound in media such as what really lies beyond the screen and are we losing our sense of agency?

While in reply we have focused on developing the right kinds of protective frameworks for how we might live and handle our technology, we need to recognise how we came here, what did we leave behind and what really are our fundamental human beliefs. Provocative, particularly when we consider those marginalised, left naked and grasping for control.

To unravel these questions, this discussion will present five provocations premised on Turing's principle: that to ask the right questions we must first set the right level of abstraction. These are as follows

  1. A tale of two transformations: from the API’s of ‘it’ to ‘me’ and ‘we’,
  2. The fourth revolution: Copernicus to Turing,
  3. The fourth fiction: information and behaviour modification,
  4. The psychopath in the code: unforeseen consequences, and
  5. Beyond privacy: Digital hygiene v Digital wellness.

James Horton will host a panel of experts comprising David Watts (La Trobe Law), Michael Brand (Telstra), Greg Adamson (The University of Melbourne), Luke Heemsbergen (Deakin University) and Bridget Bainbridge (La Trobe Law).

The University of Melbourne
IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT)
Networked Society Institute (NSI)

Cecille Pantonial
Michael Rigby
Adam Lodders