Reclaiming digital agency! (CANCELLED)

CODE 2022 event with Geert Lovink, Dirk-Jan van Vliet, Benjamin Gaulon and others

1 July 2022
16:00 — 19:00

Location: Het Huis
// At Het Huis Utrecht or online
Due to unforeseen circumstances, unfortunately we have to cancel our event “Reclaiming Digital Agency!” on Friday 1 July.
We are looking into possibilities to reschedule the event after the summer. 
In addition, we are preparing several presentations of the CODE programme at festivals in the Netherlands and abroad after the summer. 
Please keep an eye on our website or socials for new dates and presentations!


Digital rights are more relevant than ever, from big-tech companies that can target us based on data about our health, finances, location, gender, race, and other personal information, to potentially discriminatory AI. What can we, as concerned digital citizens, researchers, and artists do to support this process? In Brussels a new law for the protection of our digital rights and principles is being drafted. What should this law contain? How should we regulate the digital space?

On 1 July we invite you to join the discussion at CODE: Reclaiming Digital Agency, a hybrid event including a panel and a book launch at Het Huis Utrecht and online. We will discuss how artists, activists and policymakers can work together to raise awareness of our digital rights and what is needed for better laws and legislation that will protect us as digital citizens and consumers.

In the panel, we will look into how we can use art to reach politicians and influence policymaking with a.o. councillor for the Dutch liberal-democratic party D66 Utrecht Dirk-Jan van Vlietartist Benjamin Gaulon and theorist Geert Lovink. Benjamin Gaulon is an artist, researcher, educator and cultural producer. Through hacking and recycling, his research focuses on the limits and failures of information and communication technologies, ownership and privacy. Geert Lovink is a media theorist, internet critic and author of a.o. Social Media Abyss (2016) and Sad by Design (2019). In 2004 he founded the Institute of Network Cultures at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. More panellists to be announced soon. 

After the panel, Geert Lovink will launch his new book Stuck on the Platform (Valiz, 2022). In this book, Lovink calls for internet users to reclaim the internet as a way to fight digital dullness. Describing and contesting internet trends during the turbulent Brexit-Trump-Covid era between 2019-2021, Lovink wrote this book as a relapse-resistant story, calling us to resist platform-culture.

As intermezzos, the selected CODE 2022 participants will present short interventions responding to “Reclaiming Digital Rights!” Read more about the CODE 2022 participants here

The event is part of CODE 2022, a European collaboration between IMPAKT [Centre for Media Culture] in Utrecht, School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe in Berlin, Werktank in Leuven, and Privacy Salon, in Brussels, now running its second edition. After a call for participants, for each edition of CODE we invite artists and citizens from different countries to join us for a 6-months programme to think about the current position of the digital sector in policy-making processes. Together we develop interventions and awareness campaigns to expose the power of tech companies and to activate politicians, policymakers and citizens to take action. Our desired goal is to influence public policy and define ways in which we can improve laws and legislation that will protect us as digital citizens and consumers. 

Read more about CODE 2022 here

And make sure to check out the CODE 2021 webproject to see the results of our last edition 

CODE 2022 is realised thanks to the kind support of Fonds Soziokultur, Fonds voor Cultuurparticipatie, Creative Industries Fund NL, Dutch Embassy in Belgium, Dutch Embassy in Berlin and Goethe Institut.


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