Digitisation, the internet and other communication technologies have had a massive impact on society during during the last decades. A free software and free culture movement has started and is steadily gaining momentum, communication over a distance has become the most mundane activity, the exchange of information is now as as simple as ever and new forms of organisation and collaboration have emerged. On the other hand, surveillance has reached never-imagined levels, more and more of human interactions are governed by commercial systems and some of the worst of human urges have found an outlet online.
While the promises for democracy, creativity and transnational collaboration are clear, so is the threat of surveillance and the commercialisation of the internet.
We believe that we are at a point in history where the future of these changes is decided by those who care about them and act to build a digital environment that fosters participation and openness. Digitisation and new communication technologies must be a topic of public debate and be used for the common good. At digital [x] we want to actively be part of that debate.
We aim at developing and spreading the necessary knowledge and skills to work on these topics, knowing that many are intimidated by the perceived technical complexity for the subject. While we – well, maybe just some of us – think the technical basis of digital rights and culture is important, it is often not necessary to understand them in order to engage with the social, political and economic aspects of the debate. We want to create an inclusive space where people coming from different backgrounds can explore the new and exciting aspects of our ever-changing digital world.