Debate the digital future with Frequency Festival


‘A Collider Conversation – Cybersalon Debate on Digital Bill of Rights’.

Friday 23rd October at 7.30-9pm
Cargill Lecture Theatre, Minerva Building, University of Lincoln (Brayford Campus)

Join this lively debate on the digital future and have your say on what a Magna Carta for the digital age might involve. Discuss our contemporary rights and liberties and the ways technology has influenced how we view our own freedoms.

In partnership with, Furtherfield will host a popular public debate with leading thinkers and activists including Dr Richard Barbrook (Westminster University, Centre for the Study of Democracy) , around recent calls for a Digital Bill of Rights. The world has just got a lot more complex, automation is eating the jobs and the future of humans and their rights has never been more uncertain.

This accessible debate will demystify the issues surrounding the politics of freedom and the Internet and set the scene for the festival.

Sign up for one of the 30 free places at this debate here. Don’t miss out! Tickets will sell out quickly.


We will be joined by Professor Raul Espejo, a Chilean participant of the first cybernetic revolution from 1972 and co-author of Cybersyn, the first decision support system to aid the management of national economy. Prof Espejo is now a resident of Lincoln and a supporter of Digital Bill of Rights.

He will be joined by Eva Pascoe, co-founder of the first Internet Café Cyberia (1994), and a digital rights activist from Cybersalon.

Together with the audience, they will start to define a new framework for Digital Rights and explore how we might disrupt the seemingly inevitable progress of automation.

ALSO… Wanted: Digital Scribes for the night!

Your mission – to track the themes of the debate outlined above through the Festival and to record those via online blogs, helping to shape the Digital Bill of Rights. Your work will be reviewed for publication on the Frequency Festival website.

Our top team of Digital Scribes will need to attend the training session on the morning of 23rd Oct in MHT, and then attend the debate in the evening.

For the rest of the Festival, minimum commitment would be 2 days (the total time is 4 days – 2 weekends – from 10am till 5pm). The daily shift can be split into two slots: 10-1pm with 3 students and 2-5pm with other 3 students. You can decide whether to do the full day or whether to do 4 half days. The aim will be for you to work as small teams with the same people, supported throughout by Furtherfield and Threshold, to have some continuity and coherent coverage of the various conversations emerging from the events.

If interested in joining the Digital Scribes team, please contact, giving your name, contact details, course and level of study. Please also include a couple of lines on why you’d like to take part.

For students: great for CVs and for completion of the Lincoln Award!

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