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Cambridge for Europe invites you to join the talk and discussion “The System: who owns the internet, and how it owns us” with James Ball at 8 PM on Wednesday 24 March 2021.

The internet is a network of cables and connections, a web of wires enmeshing the world, linking huge data centres to one another and eventually to us. All are owned by someone, financed by someone, regulated by someone. We refer to the internet as abstract from reality, but by doing so we obscure where the real power lies.

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist James Ball has explored the inner workings of the system to show how an invention once hailed as a democratising force has concentrated power in places it already existed – that the system, in other words, remains the same as it did before. His new book, The System, has been described by Caroline Criado Perez as a ‘fascinating exposé of the world behind your screen. Timely, often disturbing, and so important’.

After James’ talk there will be plenty of time for a Q&A.

Registration is required, and and when you register you will be send a confirmation email with a link to join the event.

We hope you can join us.