Digital Existence II: Precarious Media Life.

Oct 30 – Nov 1, Stockholm: Precarious Media Life. Digital media have the power to transform our existence, raising particular questions and vulnerabilities as part of the experience of being human in the digital age. Big data and hyperconnectivity, tracking and trolling, digital life and digital death are only some of the issues that require an existential media analysis that underscores the precarity of human existence. This conference will be devoted to critically mapping the various digital vulnerabilities that face us in our contemporary media age. More information: see pdf 

Smart Cities and Smart Citizenship

Oct 12, Free University Brussels: Smart cities and the role of Internet of Things technologies in public space. How to understand these new human-technology relationships, and how to connect philosophical and ethical analysis to practices of urban planning, design and policymaking? Building on the theory of technological mediation, the lecture will investigate how technologies can contribute to the quality of life of (urban) citizens, create new political configurations, and require new forms of citizenship. We need to broaden the perspectives from which we look at the influence of the digital domain on the analogue city and bring ethical considerations to the center of the smart city and citizens debate. The event takes place at BOZAR (Ravensteinstraat 23, 1000 Brussel). It is a co-production of the Free University of Brussels with Brussels Academy and BOZAR Agora. More information:

Dawn of a New Age: Een nieuw tijdperk in de wetenschap?

9 October 2017, 19:00 – 21:00 hrs, Openbare Bibliotheek van Amsterdam, Theaterzaal OBA: Dawn of a New Age. Is it time to change the way we think about science? During this evening symposium, a highly diverse panel of experts will consider this question by examining various subjects that our current scientific paradigm cannot adequately explain. More information can be found here.

Every Decision Counts: State of the Community 2017

Conference organized by the Dhillon Marty foundation around the 2030 Agenda for inclusive and sustainable development, with a panel on “Technology: Challenges and Opportunities”. Speakers: Georges Kepenekian (Mayor of Lyon and Vice-President of the Metropole of Lyon), Marie-Hélène Parizeau (Professor of Philosophy, Université Laval, Québec), Louis Montagne (Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, af83), Divina Frau-Meigs (Professor of American Studies and Mass Media Sociology Paris 3-Sorbonne Nouvelle), Peter-Paul Verbeek (Professor of Philosophy and Technology, University of Twente). More information:

Meeting of UNESCO World Commission on the Ethics of Science and Technology

Sept 11-15 2017, the 10th meeting of UNESCO’s World Commission on the Ethics of Science and Technology will be held in Paris. The final draft of our report on robotics ethics will be discussed, as well as the progress of our report on water ethics. And COMEST will meet in conjunction with UNESCO’s International Bioethics Committee (IBC), which will present its reports on the Ethics of Big Data and Health and on the Bioethical Response to the Situation of Refugees. More information: