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New media permeates our daily lives, from mobile phones on the streets, to web browsing in the office and computer gaming in the living room. But will your tweets, blogs, Facebook friendships and itchy trigger fingers amount to anything more than digital ephemera?

DigiFest brings together a series of interactive evening events that tackle the biggest issues facing our techno-enhanced society, from changes in our brains to changes in public diplomacy, from tech that breaks down privacy to the tech you just can’t live without.

Curated by technology journalist Aleks Krotoski, DigiFest will bring you face to face with the big ideas in today’s interaction-obsessed, hyperlinked society. Come along to look at and challenge the uses and the abuses of the digital world, and have a play yourself.


Aleks Krotoski is an academic and journalist who writes about and studies technology and interactivity. Her PhD thesis in social psychology examined how information spreads around the social networks of the World Wide Web.

She recently completed the 4-part BBC2 series Virtual Revolution, about the social history of the web. Aleks writes for the Guardian and Observer newspapers, and hosts 'Tech Weekly', their technology podcast. Her writing also appears in the technology section of the BBC News website and in the New Statesman, MIT Technology Review and the Daily Telegraph.

Series organised by: The Science Museum, curated by Aleks Krotoski and sponsored by Nintendo

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This Is Your Brain on Technology

22 March 2010, 19:00 - 21:15

What is technology doing to us? In three hands-on experiments, discover what happens to our brains when we browse the web, how our surfing habits restructure how we think, and whether we can actually be Facebook friends with 700 people.

An Audience with...

23 March 2010, 19:00 - 20:45

Join the Guardian's 'Tech Weekly' podcast team for a live recording of their award-winning programme, plus a Q and A session with a special guests - Austin Heap, developer of encryption software Haystack and Christine Zaba, NO2ID.

The Web: The Ultimate Propaganda Machine?

24 March 2010, 19:00 - 20:30

The web has allowed linking up of pressure groups, bringing people power to politics. But what happens when authoritarian regimes get the same idea? Come to learn about the emerging ‘spinternet’ and how we could be turning into cogs in a new propaganda machine.

What Are Games Really Teaching Us?

25 March 2010, 19:00 - 21:15

Computer games are increasingly being used in schools. What else are children taking on board, apart from just the three Rs? Join the debate and test out the titles, to discover the good and bad that games can teach us.

Technology You Can’t Live Without

26 March 2010, 19:00 - 21:15

Technology moves at lightning speeds - how can you keep up with it all? Join us to catch up on the latest innovations and trends with an evening of fast-fire, technology-inspired presentations from luminaries and experts.