You think you know everything about the internet because you managed to bookmark a few free porn sites and up-voted some Grumpy Cat meme's on Reddit? Well, there's a lot more to the web than carnal perversions and dwarf felines: it's a tool that connects millions of disparate people and ideas together, impacting everything from the food we eat to the way we date. To help you get a grip on all of this high-tech shit and the ways it enhances our lives, David-Michel Davies and Neil Vogel of the Webby Awards, and Katherine Oliver of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment came together in 2008 to form Internet Week—a celebration of all things digital and the luminaries behind all those ones and zeros.
VICE will be joining in the geek fun at Internet Week for the third year in a row, by hosting a series of panels ranging from the importance of social media in the conflict in Syria to the effects of internet piracy. VICE's sister technology site, Motherboard, will also be hosting a week of panels around the future of drugs, drones, and code. And VICE's founder Shane Smith, accompanied by legendary media mogul Tom Freston, will top the week off with a keynote address on Thursday evening.
The nerdy hoopla is happening right now at Manhattan's Metropolitan Pavilion. But if you can't make it in person because you've dived so deep into the nether realms of internet smut and cat memes that you can't even bear the thought of leaving your computer, you're in luck—you can stream all the stuff going down at Internet Week over the internet!
For more on VICE's panels, click here.
For more information on Motherboard's panels, click here.
For more details on Shane and Tom's keynote address, click here.