tl;dr, short for “too long; didn’t read”, is Internet slang to say that some text being replied to has been ignored because of its length. In slang it can also stand for “Too lazy; didn’t read”. It is also used as a signifier for a summary of an online post or news article.;dr (accessed September 21, 2018)

We are dedicating re:publica 19 to the long read, the small print, the footnotes; to the power of research, the power of controversy and the urgency not to simplify the issues that divide or unite us.

When abbreviation results in simplification, in slogans exploited to polarise society and destroy political systems, the antidotes can only come in the form of knowledge, information, empathy, dialogue and solidarity.

Once again we will bring together a diverse group of people from all over the world: the digital society. We will talk, we will debate, we may argue; but more than ever, we will go IN DEPTH. Because things are complicated. Things are complex. Things need to be thought through, discussed and looked at from different angles.

re:publica will be your “long read”. We’ll be working together – with our team, the speakers and attendees – in order to find our way in a complex world, to inform and strengthen each other.

tl;dr: Join re:publica 19!