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Geneva, Switzerland  | 
15 Jan 2019
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What can sci-fi teach us about digital politics and its future?

What was once considered science fiction is becoming a reality at an accelerated pace. What can sci-fi teach us about the future of digital politics? Can it inform better policies? If so, how?

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With this event, we want bring two very different constituencies together: Sci-fi authors and sci-fi enthusiasts on the one side, and policy makers, diplomats, and international relations professionals dealing with digital politics on the other. What discussions emerge and what lessons can be learned at the intersection of the two? What happens when science fiction and policy meet?


This event will create a safe and fertile place for thought experiments by social scientists, policy makers, and diplomats inspired by the imagination of sci-fi authors and by the meeting of different professional cultures and mind-sets. It will allow us to take a moment in our busy lives for thinking through technological developments and their impact on the way we work, live, and organise our world.


Sci-fi can be escapist or critical about our potential future, often in reaction to our present reality. It can provide dystopian or utopian visions of what is to come, but also, many alternative universes in between. Which of these universes becomes our reality will depend on our collective human agency, including our digital policy and its governance. Like with the butterfly-effect, the measures that we take, or not take, right now, will steer our common destiny in the direction of one of these potential futures.

What? Exploring topics of critical importance in a highly interactive setting:
  • Augmented Corporation (Dejan Dinčić, Digital Transformation and Online Learning Specialist)

  • The sci-fi take on robots and the future of work (Richard Hill, President, Association for Proper Internet Governance)

  • Expanding the limits of our knowledge through sci-fi (Katharina Höne, Researcher and lecturer diplomacy and digital politics, DiploFoundation)

  • Hello, Dave. The sci-fi take on artificial intelligence (Djordje Jančić, Head of Data Team, DiploFoundation)

  • To ‘science-fiction’ policy or to not ‘science-fiction’ policy? (Dimitri Konstantas, Professor, University of Geneva)

  • Science fiction as a tool for critique and (improving?) policy: What can we learn from Afrofuturism? (Darija Medić, Digital Art Project Coordinator, DiploFoundation)


  • 12:30 Speculative lunch cinema: A selection of science fiction shorts and light lunch

  • 13:15 Welcome: When sci-fi meets policy

  • 13:30 Panel discussion: Thinking things differently by exploring the human condition, the future of work, and the nature of our knowledge

  • 14:15 Coffee break

  • 14:30 Overview of discussion groups: Zooming in on sci-fi and digital politics

  • 14:45 Brainstorming and exchange in discussion groups: Operating at the intersection of sci-fi and policy

  • 15:30 Concluding discussion: Where do we go from here?


Where and when:

15 January | 12:30 – 16:00 CET | Geneva, WMO building, 2nd floor


Join the Geneva Internet Platform for this half-day event.

Registrations are open:

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