Science & Society No. 2: Knowledge for the People
Where: Pioneer Works
159 Pioneer St., Red Hook, Brooklyn
718-596-3001 Price: Free with RSVP
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Knowledge is power. Power to the people. Knowledge for the people.
We live in a world of increasingly digitized, editable, and bifurcating information sources, of exponentially accelerating knowledge production. We live in a world of increasing inequality, and of spin and fabrications finding megaphones so large they spread further than facts. While the terms “open access,” “open source,” and “open data” proliferate, so too do paywalls, patents, and information deemed proprietary. Access to reliable information is fundamental. Experts increasingly find themselves undervalued. The role of libraries is evolving. Our guests Katherine Maher, executive director of Wikimedia Foundation (which runs Wikipedia), and Nick Higgins, chief librarian of Brooklyn Public Library, join series host Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson to grapple with the future of public knowledge in a changing technological and socio-political landscape.
CONVERSATION AT 8PM