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Will Democracy Survive The Age Of Big Data & Artificial Intelligence?

16th July 2018 · 6:30pm - 8:30pm

In person | Virtual event

 Will Democracy Survive The Age Of Big Data & Artificial Intelligence?
For the fifth of our Out-of-the-Box Thinking series, co-hosted by GlobalNet21 and Conway Hall, join us for a discussion with David Wood, Indra Adnan and Dr Lina Dencik about whether the age of big data and artificial intelligence will mean the demise of democracy as decisions are taken over by the algorithms of big data and artificial intelligence.

We have in the course of a single century built an entire society, economy and culture that run on information. Yet we have hardly begun to engineer data ethics appropriate for our extraordinary information carnival. If we do not do so soon, data will drive democracy, and we may well lose our chance to do anything about it.

Well what can we do about it will be the subject of this meeting at Conway Hall. This will be one of the meetings that we are doing on Future Democracy together with the Conway Hall Ethical Society. This time the London Futurists will also join us so it should be a popular meeting. Speaking will be:

David Wood is the Chair of the London Futurists, and Executive Director of the technoprogressive think-tank Transpolitica. David was one of the pioneers of the smartphone industry, and is now a renowned futurist commentator. He has a triple first class mathematics degree from Cambridge, and undertook doctoral research in the Philosophy of Science. In 2009 he was included in T3’s list of “100 most influential people in technology”. He has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) in London since 2005, and a Fellow of the IEET (Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies) since January 2015.

Indra Adnan for over twenty years has been writing, consulting, network-building and event-organising in the international arena of soft power, conflict transformation and integral leadership.As founder and Director of the Soft Power Network, she works in both the public and private sphere advising on personal, local and global agency. She writes regularly for The Guardian and The Huffington Post and her e-books Soft Power Agenda and New Times are available on

Dr Lina Dencik is Senior Lecturer at Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Culture. Her research interests broadly concern developments in media and technology and social and political change. She has published extensively in the areas of globalisation theory, activism and digital media. Currently, she is doing work in the areas of datafication and implications for understandings of social justice, looking particularly at the governance and experiences of resource-poor and marginalised communities. Lina is Co-Director of the Data Justice Lab.

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