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Friday, January 16, 2015, 05:00 pm | Media

The Internet Is Not the Answer

The Internet ushered in one of the greatest shifts in society since the Industrial Revolution. In his book The Internet Is Not the Answer, Andrew Keen describes the Internet as a mirror of our culture and investigates how it is reconfiguring our world—often at great cost. The book will be released in German as Das digitale Debakel in January 2015, and to mark the debut, Keen will be at Berlin’s European School of Management and Technology to debate his ideas with experts Norbert Riedel and Sandro Gaycken. The discussion is moderated by Christoph von Marschall.

Andrew Keen is an Internet entrepreneur who founded in 1995 and built it into a popular first-generation Internet company. He is currently the executive director of the Silicon Valley salon FutureCast, host of the show Keen On, a long-running TechCrunch chat-show, a columnist for CNN, and a regular commentator for newspapers, radio, and television networks around the world. Keen is the author of Cult of the Amateur: How The Internet Is Killing Our Culture (Crown Business, 2008) and Digital Vertigo: How Today’s Social Revolution Is Dividing, Diminishing, and Disorienting Us (St. Martin’s Press, 2012), a controversial critique of contemporary social media. His latest book, The Internet Is Not the Answer, will be published in German by Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt in January 2015.

Sandro Gaycken is Cybersecurity Expert at ESMT and a researcher in technology and security at the Freie Universität Berlin’s Institute of Computer Science. He holds a degree in philosophy and a doctorate in science and technology studies.

Norbert Riedel has been Commissioner for International Cyber Policy at the Federal Foreign Office since August 2014.

Christoph von Marschall is Chief Diplomatic Correspondent of the Berlin-based daily Der Tagesspiegel. From 2005 to 2013, he was Washington Bureau Chief and White House Correspondent.

Location: ESMT European School of Management and Technology, Schlossplatz 1, 10178 Berlin; Please register with