CF21: The New Political Economy of Information, 24.9.2021

Information has always equaled power. And while the dictum of information as the “new oil”, too, is neither particularly new nor undisputed, the importance of data – and algorithms – as a driver of innovation and value creation, contested strategic resource and force of societal disruption continues to grow.  CF21 aims to dissect the complex realities of today’s information geopolitics and their implications for Europe from an economic, security, and – above all – democracy standpoint: How should Europe respond to the global nature of these challenges? What media policy and regulation are required to sustain principles such as freedom of information, opinion and expression or privacy? Finally, how can we foster democratic, inclusive European Public Spaces in the new political economy of information?
These questions are the focus of this year’s Cologne Futures to which we would like to cordially invite you today.
On the special occasion of its 10th edition, the Cologne Futures will take place in Strasbourg, France, in cooperation with ARTE, the European Cultural Foundation, the Biennale Européenne de la Créativité, and WDR. Entitled “The New Political Economy of Information”, the conference will investigate the role of information and media power in 21st-century geopolitics. Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, Ingrid Brodnig, Amanda Lotz, Wolfgang Blau and many others have confirmed their participation (agenda below).
The conference is held in a hybrid format, live from HEAR Strasbourg. We are very much looking forward to meeting you at CF21!

Join the discussion by

–      registering here for online participation via ZOOM

–      or, if you would like to attend in person at HEAR Strasbourg, by sending an email to

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Conference venue:

HEAR Haute école des arts du Rhin 
Rue de l’Académie
67000 Strasbourg