Public Knowledge

Hacking Politics: Keynote

Thursday, October 18, 2018
6 p.m.

Floor 1, Phyllis Wattis Theater

This event is free and open to the public; museum admission is not required.

Media Owners and Their Other Investments; image: courtesy Graph Commons

Across the country, lawyers are fighting gerrymandering cases in the courts. In Washington, the FTC is investigating Facebook over the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Online, communities are organizing. Data has irrevocably altered our political landscape. We live in an era when the intersection of media, technology, and politics is having profound, and profoundly unpredictable, effects on the nation.

In the lead-up to the 2018 midterm elections, join the UC Berkeley Center for New Media, SFMOMA’s Public Knowledge Initiative, the UC Berkeley School of Journalism, and Boalt School of Law for a symposium that explores how our political system has been — and might be — “hacked” in ways its creators could never have imagined. Join us for the keynote at SFMOMA, and check out the full symposium schedule taking place on Friday, October 19, for Hacking Politics here.


Public Knowledge is organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in partnership with the San Francisco Public Library. The project has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.

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Launched in April 2017, Public Knowledge is a two-year project that aims to promote public dialogue on the cultural impact of urban change. Through artist projects, research collaborations, public programs, and publishing, it builds new connections between ideas, individuals, and communities. Public Knowledge is based in San Francisco and takes place at multiple locations in the city.