At the beginning of the pandemic, writer and activist Naomi Klein introduced the concept of the 'Screen New Deal', arguing that many of the concerns that were emerging about Big Tech, and its ceaseless infiltration into all spheres of life, were being swept under the back. Klein writes: “ It's a future in which our every move, our every word, our every relationship is trackable, traceable and data-mineable by unprecedented collaborations between government and tech giants. ” How have we changed in one year in how we interact with digital technologies and what personal information are we willing to give away in the name of public health and safety?

We'll look back and reflect on the pandemic and how it accelerated our entanglement with, and deep reliance on, Big Tech with three speakers: researcher Reijer Hendrikse, visual artist Roze Meike and Dr. Melanie Rieback: CEO of Radically Open Security