Darius Kazemi is an internet artist under the moniker Tiny Subversions. His best known works are the Random Shopper (a program that bought him random stuff from Amazon each month) and Content, Forever (a tool to generate rambling thinkpieces of arbitrary length). He has a small army of Twitter and Tumblr bots that he builds because they make him laugh. He founded NaNoGenMo, where participants spend a month writing algorithms to generate 50,000 word novels, and Bot Summit, a yearly gathering of people who make art bots. He cofounded Feel Train, a creative technology cooperative.
Trust Is Not Harmful

In the course of participating in and studying the decentralized social web, Darius has noticed a pattern: purveyors of decentralized services want people to place trust in math instead of in people. But robust communities are built on human trust. He'll talk about his experiences building real social network services based on more traditional notions of trust and discuss some potential futures for how people interact online.


Panel: In All the Right Places

In her recent book How to Do Nothing, the artist Jenny Odell writes about what Hannah Arendt calls ‘spaces of appearance’, which were, for Arendt, defined by collections of people who speak meaningfully together. For Odell, it is a space where she is 'addressed, understood and challenged'; spaces of appearance are places where ‘we gather, we say what we mean, and then we act’. In this panel discussion, we’ll talk about how these kinds of spaces are being created both online and in the real world, and how they might be utilized at a time where there is a critical need for consensus and community action. Moderated by Jeremy Thorp.