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EVENT: The Future of Data in Public Life

19th September 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Tue 19 Sep 2017, 18:00 – 20:00

Fake news, Brexit and Trump: data is the new power in politics that everyone wants to control

How can our personal data be used to shape opinions, debates, and even win elections? Is big data threatening democracy? Who should we trust and what is the future of data in public life?

In this Data Debate, a panel of experts will discuss what the future of data in public life could look like.

Panel includes:

  • Timandra Harkness, Journalist and author of Big Data: Why Size Matters (chair)
  • Jonathan Bamford, Head of Parliament and Government Affairs at the Information Commissioner’s Office
  • Bernie Hogan, Turing Fellow and Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute
  • Joanna Bryson, Reader, Computer Sciences, University of Bath & Affiliate, Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy
  • Maeve McClenaghan, Data journalist, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism

Data Debates is a collaboration between the AHRC, the Alan Turing Institute, the British Library, and the ESRC and aims to stimulate discussion on issues surrounding big data, its potential uses, and its implications for society.

Enjoy food and drink purchased from the Knowledge Centre Bar from 18.00 and after the event until the Bar closes at 22.00. Doors open at 18.00, debate begins at 18.30.


19th September 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Event Category:


Data Debates


The British Library
96 Euston Road
London, NW1 2DB United Kingdom
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