The Anonymity Dilemma 2: Information Warfare
Curated by Emily Hsiang Yun Huang
Location: Het Huis Main Stage
Let’s explore the complexity of online anonymity. If we want a safe online space for open critical discussions and political activism, we need the right to be anonymous. But anonymity is a double-edged sword: digital platforms that enable anonymous freedom of expression can also facilitate harassment, exploitation and the spread of disinformation. In two panel discussions The Anonymity Dilemma will reassess the value of online anonymity.
Participants: Puma Shen (TW), Kris Petrasova (RU), Hind Dekker-Abdulaziz (NL/IQ)
Moderated by: Marc Tuters (USA)
In this discussion, we will use the lenses of cross-platform analysis, political activism and policy-making to offer insights into information warfare. Panellist Puma Shen (National Taipei University) is a researcher specialising in models of disinformation patterns, with a focus on Southeast Asia and Chinese information operations in Taiwan and the US. Kris Petrasova (Free Russia NL) will share her knowledge in information warfare between Russia and Ukraine such as various propaganda strategies and increasing surveillance in journalism and activism. Hind Dekker-Abdulaziz, member of the Dutch parliament for D66, will provide valuable perspectives on the regulatory landscape and policy development related to digital platforms and disinformation challenges. Researcher Marc Tuters (University of Amsterdam UvA) will moderate the event and offer insights on post-truth narrative, conspiracism, and networked participation in Europe and the US. The discussion will tackle the roles of cyber armies, internet trolls and anonymity in information warfare, as well as the ethical dilemmas surrounding platform regulations that reflect the conflict between freedom of speech and the need to address disinformation.
What else is on Friday?
Check the timetable to visit more programmes with your Festival Pass (5-days) or Day Pass (1-day). With the passes you can also visit the festival exhibition Our Terms, Our Conditions at the IMPAKT [Centre for Media Culture] and Fotodok/Casco.
Emily Hsiang-Yun Huang― Curator
Emily Hsiang-Yun Huang is a researcher and visual artist from Taiwan. She holds a BA in Philosophy from National Taiwan University (TW) and an MA in Media Studies from Leiden University (NL). Her research interests focus on the relationship between body and technology from the perspective of postcolonialism and digital materialism. Projects she has curated include Taipei Digital Art Festival-Fake It Real (2022), Embodied Interface (2020) and Uchronia (2020). As an artist, she often makes performance films derived from her poetry on the vulnerability of human existence, with a focus on the female body, in-between identity and the circularity of time. Her works have been exhibited at the Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art and the Cinedance Festival at the Eye Museum in Amsterdam, among others.
Puma Shen― Speaker
Dr. Puma Shen is an Associate Professor at National Taipei University, specializing in research on white collar crime, information operations, and penology. With a background in law and human rights advocacy, Shen has a strong passion for issues related to social justice and human rights. In addition to academic work, Shen serves as the Chairperson of Doublethink Lab and the Founder of Kuma Academy. Shen was also a Vice President of the Taiwan Association for Human Rights. Through research and advocacy, Shen strives to contribute to the creation of a more just and equitable society for the Taiwanese.
Kris Petrasova― Speaker
Kris Petrasova is program maker at Sound & Vision and communications officer at Free Russia NL. Since February 2022 she has been active to raise a different voice from the Russian-speaking community in exile in a time of hybrid warfare against Ukraine. Recognising fast changing propaganda narratives in a digital environment, access to information and raising awareness of how digital means are (mis)used to influence the public has been of main focus of her activist work. Increasing safety concerns and surveillance of independent journalists and activists is a major topic in the antiwar community.
Hind Dekker-Abdulaziz― Speaker
Hind Dekker-Abdulaziz, born in Bagdad lives in The Netherlands since 1997. She is an MP the House of Representatives in the Dutch Parliament for the party Democrats 66 since 2022. She specializes in AI, privacy and discriminating algorithms. She is also vice-chair for the committee of Digital Affairs.
Marc Tuters― Moderator
Marc Tuters is a professional researcher and overall generalist working across a variety of media. Based at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), his research and teaching focuses on digital subcultures and narratives of (dis)trust. He is a cofounder of the OILab, an affiliate of the Digital Methods Initiative and a co-investigator on a number of research networks on the topics of 'trust' and of 'conspiracy theories' in digital society. In addition to articles and book chapters, Marc has an artistic practice which has involved numerous collaborations with IMPAKT on curation (Abducting Europa, Radicalization by Design, Weird Gnosis) as well as locative media installation art (Songlines, Ritournelle).