Last Saturday, Berliners were invited to participate in Netzfest, the first digital community festival at Park am Gleisdreieck. The event was led by the organizers of re:publica, Europe’s festival of internet and society. We caught up with Johnny Haeusler, one of re:publica’s co-founders to find out more about the festival, the impact of living in a digital society, the importance of digital education in schools, and how life might be better lived online.
Haeusler is passionate about enabling a wider audience to discuss the future of online society. While you receive instructions for individual devices, there are “no instructions for the internet.” He explains, “that’s partly the reason why we have so many clashes of opinions online and why we also have hate speech, because people think it’s not real. So we have to talk about what kind of digital life we want, what kind of digital society we want, and we have to talk about that with everyone.”
Photo by Monika Müeller-Kroll