Digital technology explored at new Science Museum festival

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New media technology permeates our daily lives, from mobile phones on the streets, to Web browsing in the office, to computer games in the living room. The uses and abuses of the digital world will be explored at a new festival at the Science Museum’s Dana Centre. The five events have been curated by digital guru and broadcaster Aleks Krotoski.

Events

This Is Your Brain on Technology

22 March 2010, 19.00-21.00

FREE

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, 19:00-21:00

FREE

Join the Guardian's 'Tech Weekly' podcast team for a live recording of their award-winning programme, plus a Q&A session with a special guest.

The Web: The Ultimate Propaganda Machine?

24 March 2010, 19:00-21:00

FREE

The web has allowed pressure groups to link together, bringing people power to politics. But what happens when authoritarian regimes get the same idea? Come discover the emerging‘spinternet’ and how we may end up as cogs in a new propaganda machine.

What Are Games Really Teaching Us?

25 March 2010, 19.00-21.00

FREE

They may be familiar in homes, but computer games are also increasingly being used in schools. What are children taking on board? 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, 19.00-21.00

FREE

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.

Visitor Information

Science Museum’s Dana Centre, 165 Queen’s Gate, London SW7 5HD

Nearest Tube: Gloucester Road

Most events are free and open to anyone aged 18 and over. Places should be pre-booked by calling 020 7942 4040 or emailing tickets@danacentre.org.uk.

Further information: www.danacentre.org.uk

Digifest is sponsored by Nintendo.

Andrew Marcus, Science Museum Press Office, on 020 7942 4357 or andrew.marcus@sciencemuseum.org.uk.

Notes to Editors

About the Science Museum’s Dana Centre

The Dana Centre is the Science Museum’s café bar and venue for exploring issues in contemporary science through dialogue, interaction, performance and art. The programme at the Dana Centre is now also open to organisations and individuals looking for a host for contemporary science events and residencies.

Further information: www.danacentre.org.uk.

About Aleks Krotoski

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 BBC 2 series Virtual Revolution, about the social history of the World Wide Web. Aleks writes for The Guardian and Observer newspapers, and hosts Tech Weekly, their technology podcast. Her writing also appears in BBC Technology, New Statesman, MIT Technology Review and The Telegraph.

More information: http://alekskrotoski.com

About Nintendo

The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Wii™, Nintendo DS™ and Nintendo DSi™ systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than than 3.3 billion video games and more than 558 million hardware units globally., including the current-generation Wii, Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™ and Nintendo GameCube™. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names such as Mario™, Donkey Kong™, Metroid™, Zelda™ and Pokémon™. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of Europe, based in Grossostheim, Germany, was established in 1990 and serves as headquarters for Nintendo's operations in Europe.


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