This webinar will serve as an introductory session to provide key elements for understanding the phenomena of the digitalisation of food systems from seed to stomach (also known as the 4.0 revolution in food and agriculture). This is a free and open teach-in, organized in two 45 min teach-ins with 15 min for Q&A. A moderator will provide additional information and respond to questions in the chat during each session.
Session 1: Power and technology: the digital food chain | By ETC Group
What is “the digital food chain" and what networks of power are behind it? What are the technologies involved in the "digitalisation'' of each link of the agrifood chain? What is the role of artificial intelligence and data mining? We will explore the connections between big corporate tech and food players and digital platforms, assess corporate concentration in these sectors, and unpack the role States play when it comes to deploying technologies and enabling monopolistic practices. We will introduce the concept and political implications of bio-digital convergence.
Session 2: Food, data, and capitalism: a new business model | By IT For Change
We will explore key elements enabling us to better understand the new digital economy and surveillance capitalism and how it is being applied to food. What is the connection to green capitalism and the financialisation of nature? What is data in this context, and particularly, data for food systems (also increasingly known as “surveillance agriculture”). We will share elements of the geopolitics of digital deployment (for example, China’s creation of a Digital Silk Route).
Dates, times and language
Both sessions of the webinar will be presented in two different schedules:
June 29 >> Languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese (best for North America, Latin America, and Europe)
12hs PDT / 14hs Mx / 15hs EST-Chile /16hs Bra-Arg/20hs Lisboa/21hs Spain
June 30 >> Languages: English, Portuguese, French (best for Africa, Europe, and Asia)
10hs London- DRC /11hs Central European Time -South Africa – Mozambique / 12hs Nairobi /14.30hs India / 17hs Manila