Gone are the days of grunting dial-up noises and losing your connection each time some annoying bugger makes a phone call. It has been 25 years since the birth of the internet, and to celebrate the Southbank Centre is hosting ‘Web We Want’, a free two-day festival of discussions about the world wide web this weekend (November 28-30). Festival highlights include exhibitions of digital artwork as well as workshops and installations focussing on surveillance culture.
There’s a panel discussion about the work of women and the Web, and how women are often missing from the conversation online, featuring Laura Bates (creator of The Everyday Sexism Project) and Anne-Marie Imafidon from the Stemettes. There’s also a talk from author Jamie Bartlett about the dark net (the world of the hackers).
Oh, and there will also be a presentation on how to make your face unrecognisable to face-detection technology. And if you head down early enough on Friday (5.30pm), you’ll catch a showcase from emerging female musicians organisation Folkstock. Cool.
Find out more details here.