Internet Festival in Tuscany’s technology capital

Digital #sentiment sweeps Pisa

Editorial Staff
September 27, 2017 - 18:11

Long Tuscany’s hub for technology and scientific innovation, Pisa plays host to the seventh edition of the Internet Festival from October 5 to 8. Taking place in the Centro Congressi le Benedettine, the Logge dei Banchi, Teatro Sant’Andrea and various other venues, the festival brings together speakers from a range of industries and online communities to shed light on the Internet’s ever-evolving impact on our lives. This year’s theme is #Sentiment, with special attention dedicated to online communities and movements. Lectures and events are expected to be particularly topical and politically oriented this year, dealing with hot-button issues such as the spread of “fake news”.

Outdoor installation at the 2016 Internet Festival

A key section exploring tech-human interactions outside the web will be set up at the Centro Congressi le Benedettine. Projects and products on display in this arena will include the “Wize Mirror,” a smart mirror aimed at detecting early signs of disease; “Heart Sync,” a silicone heart mimicking human beat patterns; and a “Mixed Reality” area merging elements of augmented and virtual reality technology.

Highlights for an English-speaking crowd include two talks at Teatro Verdi on October 7: a keynote speech on published news in the "post-truth" era, given by Graham Brookie, Deputy Director of the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab (12.30-1pm), and a meditation on maintaining privacy in the age of Big Data and Big Brother, with speaker Vesselin Popov, Business Development Director of the Psychometrics Centre of the University of Cambridge (4.30-5pm).

The program goes beyond tech installations and talks: events such as the nighttime City Track Run (8.45pm, October 6) and a concert by the Area Open Project trio (10.30pm, October 8, Teatro Verdi) are among the anticipated highlights, along with plenty of food and wine-oriented initiatives, such as a guided Cacao Experience (slots at 10.30am and 3.30pm, October 8, Centro Congressi le Benedettine) and a free master class on how to approach wine (6pm, October 8, Centro Congressi le Benedettine). For the full program, see the website.

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