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Data privacy, press freedom, and the connection between art and politics are all on the agenda for this year’s ideas and solutions festival

Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Chris Wylie, American historian and Holocaust expert Deborah Lipstadt and Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson are all speaking at the next Antidote – a festival of ideas, action and change.

This year’s festival will include solo talks, panels and workshops that respond to our world today, offering practical solutions as well as a chance to figure out where we’re going in terms of press freedom, data privacy, creative freedoms and the weaponisation of social media.

You can hear from Filipino-American journalist Maria Ressa, New Yorker staff writer Steve Coll, Russian journalist Irina Borogan, and co-founder of Mada Masr, Lina Attalah in one panel talk called ‘My Crime is Journalism’.

There’s also the lighter hearted ‘Because Self Care’, in which you’ll hear from Junkee entertainment editor Patrick Lenton, Guardian journalist Brigid Delaney and Broadly editor Zing Tsjeng talk about the rise of cultural escapism.

The line-up also includes Irish journalist and Brexit commentator Fintan O’Toole and North Korea’s former Deputy Ambassador to the United Kingdom turned defector, Thae Yong-ho.

For the first time in 2019, Antidote is partnering with the recently established Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas.

Read our interview with Antidote festival director Dr Edwina Throsby about this year’s line-up.


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