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Death of the Gods: The New Global Power Grab

The Conference Board of Canada, September 27, 2018
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A ground-breaking journey to reveal the new centres of power and control in the twenty-first century. The old gods are dying. Giant corporations collapse overnight. Newspapers are being swallowed. Stock prices plummet with a tweet. Governments are losing control. The old familiarities are tumbling down and a strange new social order is rising in their place. More crime now happens online than offline. Facebook has grown bigger than any state, bots battle elections, technologists have re-invented democracy and information wars are breaking out around us. New mines produce crypto-currencies, coders write policy, and algorithms shape our lives in more ways than we can imagine. What is going on?

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For centuries, writers and thinkers have used power as a prism through which to view and understand the world at moments of seismic change. This talk is about Carl’s journey to find the reality of power today. From a cyber-crime raid in suburbia to the engine rooms of Silicon Valley, and from the digital soldiers of Berkshire to the hackers of Las Vegas, he will explain how power—the most important currency of all—is being transformed, fought over, won and lost. As power escapes from its old bonds, he shows us where it has gone, the shape it now takes and how it touches each of our lives.

Carl Miller is the Research Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media (CASM) at Demos. He is interested in how social media is changing society and politics, and how it can be used to inform decisions. This includes:

  • Social media and the General election
  • Digital democracy
  • Building new methods and technology to study social media data
  • Understanding events through social media
  • Cyber-bullying, hate crime, misogyny and abuse online
  • Bitcoin and crypto-currencies
  • Identity and belief in a digital world
  • Evidence-based decision-making using real-time social media research, modelling and prediction.

About Carl

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Carl writes on social media and the 2015 General Election for the Sunday Times, and is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Policy Institute, King’s College London. He studied History at Cambridge, and holds the top MA distinction (2009) in War Studies from King’s College, London. Carl is currently writing The Death of the Gods, power in the digital age—published in August 2018 by Penguin RandomHouse.

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