What is the future of data in public life?

From Brexit and Trump, to elections and fake news, the last year has seen an extraordinary rise in discussion and debate around the role of data, and data-driven technologies, in public life.

On 19 September the British Library and The Alan Turing Institute will bring together a panel – comprising experts in data journalism, data science,  AI, and politics  – to debate issues relating to trust, politics and post-truth in the world of data. The event series is a collaboration between The Alan Turing Institute, the British Library, the AHRC and ESRC. The debate will take place in the British Library Knowledge Centre from 18:00-20:00.

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On our panel:

A science journalist specialising in data, Timandra presents the BBC Radio 4 series, FutureProofing. Bloomsbury published her book, Big Data: Does Size Matter? in June 2016.

  • Bernie Hogan, Turing Fellow and Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute

Bernie’s research explores how we study, capture and represent personal networks. His current work focuses on tools for self-reported social network data, especially Network Canvas. His past work focused on visualising Facebook networks to understand online identity.

  • Joanna Bryson, Computer Sciences, University of Bath & Affiliate, Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy

A scientist studying both artificial and natural intelligence, Joanna has also been working in AI ethics, as well as studying human cognition, bias, and cooperation. She consults on AI and AI policy to the UK’s EPSRC and Royal Society, the European Commission, and the OECD.

Maeve is an experienced investigative journalist who has written for Buzzfeed UK, the Guardian, the BBC, Vice News, and others. She is a reporter at The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, where she recently analysed sample data from social media showing how voters in the General Election had been targeted with political advertising.

  • Jonathan Bamford, Head of Parliament and Government Affairs at the Information Commissioner’s Office

Jonathan leads the team responsible for political party compliance and electoral issues at the ICO, who are currently undertaking a formal investigation into the use of data analytics for political purposes.

The Data Debate event series 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.


Event details

Date:       19 September 2017

Time:       18:00-20:00

Venue:     The British Library Knowledge Centre  

Full Price: £5.00

To book a ticket visit the British Library webpage.

For more information contact:

Sophie McIvor

Head of Communications, The Alan Turing Institute