The digital revolution continues to unleash change on industries, economies, politics and institutions – and remake personal lives. What shape will the future take in the wake of this disruption? Will the brave new worlds of Facebook, Amazon, Google and Uber create decentralised, anti-elite utopias where all individuals are free? Or will they produce dystopic monopolies, characterised by surveillance and control? Scott Ludlam, Bronwyn Carlson, Mark Pesce and Frances Flanagan talk to Griffith Review editor Ashley Hay.

Scott Ludlam (Australian)

Scott Ludlam

Scott Ludlam is a former Australian politician representing the Australian Greens. He served as a Senator from Western Australia 2008– 2017, and as Co-Deputy Leader of his party 2015–2017. He is currently a columnist for Guardian Australia and his first book on ecology, technology and politics will be published in 2019.

Bronwyn Carlson (Australian)

Bronwyn Carlson

Professor Bronwyn Carlson is the Head of the Department of Indigenous Studies at Macquarie University. She is the author of The Politics of Identity: Who Counts as Aboriginal Today?, which includes a chapter on Aboriginal identity and community on social media. She is the recipient of two consecutive ARC grants that focus on Indigenous social, cultural and political engagements on social media, and is widely published on the topic.

Mark Pesce (Australian)

Mark Pesce

Mark Pesce is a futurist, inventor, speaker, writer, entrepreneur, and educator. He is the host of The Next Billion Seconds, an award-winning podcast, and a regular columnist for The Register. His books include The Next Billion Seconds and The Playful World: How Technology is Transforming our Imaginations.

Frances Flanagan (Australian)

Frances Flanagan

Frances Flanagan is a University of Sydney fellow in the Discipline of Work and Organisational Studies. Her book Remembering the Revolution: Dissent, Culture and Nationalism in the Irish Free State was published in 2015.

Ashley Hay (Australian)

Ashley Hay

Ashley Hay is a Brisbane-based novelist and essayist whose awards include the Foundation of Australian Literary Studies’ Colin Roderick Award and the Peoples’ Choice from the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, for The Railwayman’s Wife, and the Bragg/UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing. Her latest novel is A Hundred Small Lessons. She is the editor of Griffith Review.