A Critical Approach to the Digitalisation of Food Systems

A Critical Approach to the Digitalisation of Food Systems
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IT for Change and ETC Group

This webinar will serve as an introductory session to provide key elements for understanding the phenomena of digitalization of food systems from seed to stomach (also known as the 4.0 revolution in food and agriculture). This webinar is being conducted as a free and open teach-in, organized as two 45-minute sessions with 15 minutes for Q&A. A moderator will provide additional information and respond to questions in the chat during each session.

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Session 1| Power and Technology: The Digital Food Chain 

Conducted by the ETC Group

What is ‘the digital food chain’ and what networks of power are behind it? What are the technologies involved in the "digitalization'' of each link of the agri-food chain? What is the role of artificial intelligence and data mining? 

In this session, we will explore the connections between Big Tech, 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 also introduce the concept and political implications of bio-digital convergence.

Wednesday, June 29

Session 1: 12hs PDT / 14hs Mx / 15hs EST-Chile /16hs Bra-Arg/17hs Lisboa/18hs Spain
Session 2: 13hs PDT / 15hs Mx / 16hs EST-Chile /17hs Bra-Arg/18hs Lisboa/19hs Spain

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Languages: English, Spanish, and Portuguese

Session 2| Food, Data, and Capitalism: A New Business Model 

Conducted by IT For Change

We will explore key elements that will enable us to better understand the new digital economy and surveillance capitalism, and how these concepts are being applied to food. What is the connection to green capitalism and the financialization of nature? What is data in this context, and particularly, data for food systems (also increasingly known as “surveillance agriculture”)? We will also share elements of the geopolitics of digital deployment (for example, China’s creation of a Digital Silk Route).

Thursday, June 30

Session 1: 09hs Congo/10hs London-South Africa /11hs CET-Mozambique/ 12hs Nairobi/14.30hs India/ 17hs Manila
Session 2: 10hs Congo/ 11hs London-South Africa /12hs CET-Mozambique/ 13hs Nairobi/15.30hs India/ 18hs Manila

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Languages: English, Portuguese, and French

These teach-in sessions are being conducted as part of a series of activities under the “Food, Data and Justice Dialogues”, to build capacities to assess digital technologies in food and agriculture. This is an initiative of the JustNET Coalition and of The Long Food Project.