Data debate: Data and inequality

Speakers: Robert Berkeley, Catherine Mayer, Karen Salt, Sandra Wachter, Hetan Shah

Chair: Timandra Harkness

Date: 28 June 2018

Time: 18:00 – 20:00

Venue: Knowledge Centre, The British Library

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

Can data help defeat inequality?

Data is a powerful tool that could help reduce inequality, enabling us to better understand and quantify key global issues. But machines are inheriting the same biases that exist in the offline world and faulty algorithms, when applied at scale, risk making things less fair than ever.

Our panel will debate how data and technology should be implemented for a fairer society, and what needs to happen if data is to live up to the hype.

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Our expert panel includes:

Robert Berkeley: Rob is currently Broadcasting Editor at BlackOut UK, a not-for-profit social enterprise run and owned by a volunteer collective of black gay men. He was Director of the Runnymede Trust 2009-14. Alongside his academic writing on education, social justice and community organizing, he has presented and co-produced short form documentaries, and written for The Guardian and The Independent on racial justice. Dr Berkeley was awarded an MBE in 2015 for services to equality.

Catherine Mayer: Catherine is a writer, activist, speaker, consultant and the co-founder and President of the Women’s Equality Party. Her latest book is Attack of the Fifty Foot Women: How Gender Equality Can Save the World! (March 2017, paperback Feb 2018)

Dr. Karen Salt: Karen is an Assistant Professor in Transnational American Studies at Nottingham University. She is an expert on sovereignty, politics and the ways that discourses regarding difference influence narratives, decision-making and systems of governance. She currently leads or co-leads projects on reparative trust, collective activism, racial equity and transformative justice politics

Dr. Sandra Wachter: Sandra is a lawyer, Fellow at The Alan Turing Institute and Research Fellow in Data Ethics, AI, robotics and Internet Regulation/cyber-security at the Oxford Internet Institute. Her research focuses on the legal and ethical implications of Big Data, AI, and robotics as well as the ethical design of algorithms, predictive policing, and human rights online.

Hetan Shah: Hetan is responsible for the overall strategy and management of the Royal Statistical Society. His interests include data ethics, evidence informed policymaking, international development and sustainability.

Chaired by writer and broadcaster Timandra Harkness.  Timandra presents BBC Radio 4 series, FutureProofing and has presented the documentaries, Data, Data Everywhere, Personality Politics & The Singularity.

Enjoy food and drink purchased from the Knowledge Centre Bar from 18.00 and after the event until the Bar closes at 22.00.

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