NEWSText: Satsuki Miyanishi

The three day conference „Digital Backyards“ has been initiated by and Sapporo Media Arts Lab (SMAL)’s mission is to contribute to the development of culture, art and creativity in Sapporo by promoting creative media arts-related industries while also addressing regional issues.


In Sapporo it gathers bloggers, entrepreneurs, researchers, cultural workers, journalists and programmers. The aim is to explore future forms of networking in the field of knowledge production. The awareness towards the digital monopolism of companies based in Silicon valley is growing in all over the world – also in Japan. But what are alternatives to Google and Facebook? The conference “Digital Backyards“ claims: The answer can not be yet another internet giant of Japanese origin to rival Google and Facebook.

SMAL International Conference “Digital Backyards”
Date: January 12th, 2013
Opening hours: 13:00 – 19:00
Place: PORTO Sapporo 1F
Address: South 1, West 22, Chuoku, Sapporo
Entrance: Free (Japanese and English are the conference languages.)
Tel: +81 (0)11 622 5110 (Sapporo media arts lab)

Text: Satsuki Miyanishi

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