- Will technology save us from ourselves?
Between the environment and social changes stemming from a greater connectivity to cyberspace, technology is already central in our present world. This panel will focus on if technology will be able to save us from our own destruction. What will we use for energy? How will we fix the climate, if possible? How will technology reshape our identities? Will science continue to give us options, or will politics and underfunded programs prevent innovation?
- The other scientific method
Science is a social pursuit, complete with its own set of faults and biases. In a community that is dominated by whiteness, cismaleness, and heteronormativity, biased work and employment practices are common. How do the “other” scientists navigate this space and how do we make it better? What kind of scientific work results from a spaces with such biases and prejudices? How does this system lead to underrepresentation in the sciences and why does that matter?
- Creating tomorrow’s sex ed
Advances in technology and the growing web of social media have already impacted our sex lives, but how do they impact our sex education? And, given the tools at hand, how do we create the ideal sex education right now? What ways can we bypass a faulty understanding of human sexuality, both in and beyond the classroom? What experiences and approaches to sexuality are underserved by most sex ed programs today, and how can we change that? This panel will explore what technology can subvert and its limitations.
- How to protect your shit online
Even “real life” activists have to navigate online spaces–online activists obviously more so. Unfortunately, the power that online activism can lend can easily turn against activists. How do we protect our content from hackers, spammers, and trolls? How to we maintain security while simultaneously engaging in online activism–an act that requires us to put our content out into the interwebspaceplace? Expect conversation on basic content protection measures, DDOS attacks and how to subvert them, and beyond.
- Do read the comments; creating a constructive online community
How to we go beyond the trolls in our online spaces? Preventing malicious comments is fine, but the goal of many online communities is to exhibit robust and nuanced discussion in the comments. How do we reach this goal? What are the effective techniques used? What is the role of moderation, whether used too little, too much, or just used badly?