Together Keen and Stonehill identify five key tools: regulation, competitive innovation, social responsibility, worker and consumer choice, and education. They share how these tools have become global solutions for responsible digital practice: from digital-oriented Estonia, where every citizen can freely access any data the government possesses about them in an online database; to Singapore, where a large portion of the higher education sector consists in professional courses on coding and website design. Keen and Stonehill bring us together for an urgent conversation about individual and societal steps for preserving human values in an increasingly digital world.
Andrew Keen is an Internet entrepreneur who founded Audiocafe.com in 1995 and built it into a popular first generation Internet company. He is currently the executive director of the Silicon Valley salon FutureCast, a Senior Fellow at CALinnovates, the host of the Keen On Techonomy chat show, and a columnist for CNN. He is the author of Cult of the Amateur: How The Internet Is Killing Our Culture (2007), Digital Vertigo: How Today’s Social Revolution Is Dividing, Diminishing and Disorienting Us (2012) and Internet Is Not the Answer (2015).
Alex Stonehill is the co-founder of The Seattle Globalist, a hybrid media/education organization that trains and provides a platform for populations underrepresented in journalism and media production. He also co-founded The Common Language Project, an international journalism nonprofit that has taken Stonehill to Ethiopia cover communities impacted by climate change, Russia to report on consolidation of Putin’s power, and Syria and Iraq to interview conflict refugees. He recently joined the University of Washington Communication Leadership graduate program as Head of Creative Strategy, with an eye toward building community connections and elevating student opportunities beyond the classroom.
Presented by Town Hall Seattle as part of the Civics series.
Community partner: University of Washington’s Communication Leadership Program