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Skeptech is a new event discussing digital technology and its effects on our day-to-day lives - not in Luddite opposition to tech, but rather raising awareness about the challenges raised by digital technology today. Online apps and services can be addictive, they can threaten privacy, and they often manipulate users without their knowledge or consent.

To dive deeper, Skeptech will feature tech experts who will speak about "the dark side of tech" that they have witnessed in their own fields. Between the speaker presentations and audience participation, Skeptech's goal is to "gel" some diverse perspectives while offering some ideas and inspiration for next steps: how to choose better tools, and perhaps even how to create better tech in the future.

WFMU Benefit: 100% of Skeptech ticket sales will go to WFMU to benefit the station and its free-form programming.

Speakers will feature...

DOUGLAS RUSHKOFF, writer, documentarian, and lecturer whose work focuses on human autonomy in a digital age. He's the author of 15 bestselling books on media, technology, and society - most recently, "Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus" - and is the creator and host of the Team Human podcast http://teamhuman.fm/. Rushkoff is Professor of Media Theory and Digital Economics at CUNY/Queens and technology and media commentator for CNN. Online: @rushkoff https://twitter.com/rushkoff

NATASHA DOW SCHÜLL is a cultural anthropologist and associate professor in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. Her recent book, "Addiction by Design: Machine Gambling in Las Vegas," draws on research among compulsive gamblers and the designers of slot machines to explore the relationship between technology design and the experience of addiction. Her next book, "Keeping Track" (expected late 2018) concerns the rise of digital self-tracking technologies. Online: http://www.natashadowschull.org/

VICKI BOYKIS is a data scientist examining the intersection of technology and the humanities, particularly with regards to data privacy and content creation. She writes on the impact of data and technology on the human condition and has been published in Offscreen Magazine, the Forward, and Lilith. She's also currently working on Ironed Curtains, a project chronicling the experience of former Soviet immigrants in the United States. Online: @vboykis https://twitter.com/vboykis or http://vickiboykis.com

KEN FREEDMAN is the Station Manager of WFMU (wfmu.org), the longest running and most renowned freeform radio station in the United States. Freedman also developed WFMU's internet presence: WFMU was the first radio station to offer full on-demand listening, podcasts, and a working iPhone stream. He recently founded Congera PBC which is developing the Audience Engine, an open source platform for small and medium sized broadcasters and journalists. Online: @stationmgrken https://twitter.com/stationmgrken

LIZ BERG is the Assistant General Manager at WFMU (wfmu.org). In addition to hosting a weekly radio show and podcast, Liz oversees the station's operations, web development projects, and more. Alongside WFMU Station Manager Ken Freedman, Liz has recently been hard at work as a Product Manager for Audience Engine, a suite of open-source software tools to help media makers build community and crowdfund online.

MARK HURST (host of Skeptech) has spent his career consulting, writing, and speaking about how to create digital tech that benefits users more. Hurst is the founder and host of the Gel conference, which featured the first stage presentations of Khan Academy and Wikipedia, and is the creator of the Good Todo mobile productivity platform. His books "Bit Literacy" and "Customers Included" introduced the world to the empty inbox method (now known as Inbox Zero), and made the case for companies to treat customers better. Online: @markhurst https://twitter.com/markhurst

...more speakers to be announced soon - watch this space!

$20 - includes event admission and limited-edition Skeptech T-shirt

Artwork Made by ABVH​

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Skeptech 2017  

Listener comments!

Avatar Wed. 5/24/17 5:14pm groucho:

Excitement!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/24/17 5:34pm -Ken:

haha Hi Groucho!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/24/17 6:06pm melinda:

I don't see a video.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/24/17 6:08pm melinda:

Nevermind, got the time wrong.
Avatar    Wed. 5/24/17 6:10pm SeanG:

Really looking forward to this!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/24/17 6:47pm Kat in Chicago:

Pretty excited about being able to listen to intelligent adults during my last couple hours of work, since there don't seem to be any in my office today.
Avatar Wed. 5/24/17 6:56pm tragicabbot:

Attended Gel last year - looking forward to this new thing.
Avatar    Wed. 5/24/17 6:59pm Hoboken Jack:

Oh wait, I thought they were streaming Mr. Robot here.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/24/17 7:00pm -Ken:

Starting in around three minutes.
Avatar Wed. 5/24/17 7:03pm georgeeboy:

Hi there - I'm having trouble getting the livestream. Any tips?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/24/17 7:05pm -Ken:

@georgeeboyare you trying to stream it from this page? Id suggest trying a different browser
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 5/24/17 7:06pm howard in nyc:

georgee, be sure you have no adblockers/pop-up blockers turned on. My adblock on Opera blocked the ustream feed.
Avatar Wed. 5/24/17 7:09pm georgeeboy:

Got it!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/24/17 7:10pm Kat in Chicago:

Work versions of Chrome and Edge aren't letting me watch. Dang. Guess I'll have to wait for the archive.
Avatar Wed. 5/24/17 7:11pm tragicabbot:

same here
Avatar Wed. 5/24/17 7:11pm georgeeboy:

Ken - will there be a recording of this conference that can be publicly accessible? I'd like to share with coworkers.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/24/17 7:13pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Per advice from one of Ken's shows, I avoid Facebook completely. I don't plan to ever get a sign-on with them.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/24/17 7:15pm -Ken:

yes, the archive will be available from this page after the show.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/24/17 7:16pm Kat in Chicago:

Ha! I got in via Facebook which sent me back here. Weird.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/24/17 7:16pm (Murakami Whywolf))):

Five browsers, two OSs, no luck this page. What's the ustream feed or page's URI?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/24/17 7:16pm Kat in Chicago:

www.ustream.tv...
Avatar    Wed. 5/24/17 7:17pm Video Booth:

www.ustream.tv...
Avatar Wed. 5/24/17 7:18pm tragicabbot:

thanks kat
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/24/17 7:19pm Kat in Chicago:

happy to help
  Wed. 5/24/17 7:20pm moonbeam:

got in via ustream app (search for wfmu). hello!!
Avatar Wed. 5/24/17 7:23pm georgeeboy:

Where's the Bingo card? ;)
  Wed. 5/24/17 7:23pm sheacox:

Bingo card?
Avatar    Wed. 5/24/17 7:23pm Video Booth:

Refresh the browser.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/24/17 7:24pm -Ken:

The bingo card is to the left - hit refresh though
Avatar Wed. 5/24/17 7:24pm georgeeboy:

Love it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/24/17 7:24pm Kat in Chicago:

Neato.
  Wed. 5/24/17 7:26pm Brian Canada:

Thanks Kat! Working now after going to the youstream.tv page.
Avatar    Wed. 5/24/17 7:39pm Fredericks:

This is fun!
  Wed. 5/24/17 7:40pm Damon:

I wish I had more time to view & interact live. Will a recordign be available afterwards?
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/24/17 7:41pm Kat in Chicago:

@damon yep
Avatar Wed. 5/24/17 7:41pm tragicabbot:

hi mark
Avatar Wed. 5/24/17 7:41pm georgeeboy:

Hello Mark and Douglas.
  Wed. 5/24/17 7:42pm Holly Chasan:

Hello all!
Avatar    Wed. 5/24/17 7:44pm Fredericks:

Ken says yes, Damon.
  Wed. 5/24/17 7:45pm ?:

bingo!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/24/17 7:52pm -Ken:

Question Mark, you didnt really get bingo, did you? Ive only heard one word so far..
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/24/17 7:53pm Kat in Chicago:

I heard "evil" (as in "Don't be...")
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/24/17 7:54pm Kat in Chicago:

there's "manipulation"
Avatar Wed. 5/24/17 7:56pm tragicabbot:

this makes me think of the guy who designed the flappy bird game to kill time and was horrified when people became addicted to it
Avatar Wed. 5/24/17 7:56pm georgeeboy:

There's also "privacy" and "screen" and "startup" and "manipulation" and "Amazon" and "control". I want to declare "random" bingo.
  Wed. 5/24/17 7:57pm sheacox:

Also Zuckerberg
  Wed. 5/24/17 7:58pm sheacox:

and there we have Bingo, with algorithm
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/24/17 7:58pm -Ken:

Sheacox you got it!
  Wed. 5/24/17 7:58pm sheacox:

algorithm, Zuckerberg, space, evil, control
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/24/17 7:59pm -Ken:

Sheacox, email me your shipping address: ken at wfmu dot org
  Wed. 5/24/17 8:00pm sheacox:

Still, loving the Ludic Loop concept...I'm going to use this...will send info, thanks
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/24/17 8:00pm Kat in Chicago:

haha, well done Sheacox
  Wed. 5/24/17 8:01pm sheacox:

I'm originally from the Midwest. We know our bingo :-)
Avatar Wed. 5/24/17 8:01pm georgeeboy:

Do we all have the same Bingo card?? It feels like an evil algorithm of control created by Mark....Hurst, or Zuckerberg??
Avatar Wed. 5/24/17 8:12pm georgeeboy:

Please repeat the question (off mic)
  Wed. 5/24/17 8:16pm Noah Scalin:

Hi!
  Wed. 5/24/17 8:34pm Joan in DC:

We need more transparency of the companies that track, since we users are more transparent than we realize.
  Wed. 5/24/17 9:01pm Dan Kok:

Excellent event, Mark! I bought the Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus a while back and now I'm compelled to put it on top of the reading stack.
Avatar    Wed. 5/24/17 9:02pm Fredericks:

How do we get Ken to move the mic closer to his mouth?
Avatar    Wed. 5/24/17 9:02pm Fredericks:

Never mind.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 5/24/17 9:07pm howard in nyc:

…but I love FMU when I'm off my meds
  Wed. 5/24/17 9:11pm Noah Scalin:

Thanks for letting us watch online!
Avatar Wed. 5/24/17 9:12pm tragicabbot:

Thanks Mark!
Avatar Swag For Life Member    Wed. 5/24/17 9:12pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Very nice....thanks!
Avatar Wed. 5/24/17 9:12pm tragicabbot:

Thanks WFMU!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 5/24/17 9:13pm howard in nyc:

Very cool, interesting and informative event, thank you all.
Avatar    Wed. 5/24/17 9:13pm Hoboken Jack:

Terrific event, thank you for streaming it.
Avatar    Wed. 5/24/17 9:14pm Fredericks:

I agree with Hobo Jack!
Avatar    Thu. 5/25/17 5:25pm Webhamster Henry:

And I was happy to hear it from the archive!
Avatar    Mon. 6/12/17 11:34pm Zach:

so bummed I got food poisoning and missed this, and after buying a ticket too. thank you so much for posting!
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