Controversy, thy name is Europe: Open credit scores, data-driven counter-forensics, and the regulation debate

Controversy, thy name is Europe: Open credit scores, data-driven counter-forensics, and the regulation debate

Europe’s biggest digital culture festival raises questions beyond the use of data.

Europe’s SXSW: The analogy may give an idea of what Berlin’s re:publica is to someone who has never attended. Like most analogies, it’s not entirely accurate. But re:publica positions itself as Europe’s biggest conference on topics concerning digitisation and society, while also being one of the world’s most exceptional festivals on digital culture.

Berlin’s re:publica started out in 2007, with 700 bloggers in attendance, and it has been growing ever since. Last week, in Berlin, there were more than 10.000 people attending a program spanning three days, 15 themes, and 18 stages. With speakers ranging from the likes of Microsoft and Google to government officials to counter-culture activists, re:publica is a mixed bag.

Data, its use and misuse, was a recurring theme, and we picked some of the topics that spurred debate.

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