CW Talk: Is technology killing democracy? And what is to be done?

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Fake news, micro-targeted adverts and borderless political campaigns are swinging elections and killing our faith in democracy. Listen to experts who will put these trends into perspective and give their views on what is to be done to restore trust.

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Fake news, micro-targeted adverts and borderless political campaigns are swinging elections and killing our faith in democracy.  Technology companies are accelerating this change by developing products which amplify negative emotions and encourage impulsive reactions to the point of overload, with engineers continuing to provide morally neutral support to these businesses. What is being done to change this state of affairs? What more needs to be done, and how can it be done at scale?

CW Talks is an event format wherein the technology community can analyse significant market & societal issues with business decision makers and leading members of the academic and governmental community. Two expert speakers present their views on the topic, before opening the floor for questions and debate. 

At this event CW has convened a Research Director from Demos, Britain's leading cross-party think-tank, to talk alongside the Co-Director of the Conspiracy and Democracy & Technology and Democracy research projects at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences & Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge.

Join delegates at the latest in the CW Talks series, organised in collaboration with CW's new Engineering Trust, where you too can have your say during the Open Forum session to help answer the question 'Is technology killing democracy?  And what is to be done?'

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Hosted and sponsored by PwC UK

At PwC, our purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. Working across artificial intelligence, life sciences and AgriTech industry sectors with businesses in the region.

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16:30

Registration

17:00

Introduction to CW Talks and welcome from John Haine, CW Talks curator and Visiting Professor at Bristol University

17:05

Welcome from event host: PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

17:10

‘Is technology killing democracy? And what is to be done?’ Tim Phipps, Engineering Trust Advocate

17:15

Opening statements from our speakers: John Naughton, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences & Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge and Carl Miller, Research Director, Centre for the Analysis of Social Media, Demos

Session to be chaired by Tim Phipps, Engineering Trust Advocate

17:35

Democracy under threat - what are the symptoms? In this session our speakers give their views on the problems technology brings and throw open the discussion to the audience.

Session to be chaired by Tim Phipps, Engineering Trust Advocate

18:05

What can be done? John Naughton and Carl Miller present their ideas for solutions and the audience will be invited to give theirs.

Session to be chaired by Tim Phipps, Engineering Trust Advocate

18:35

Wrap-up

18:45

End of session followed by networking and refreshments

20:00

Event closes

Speakers

Carl Miller - Research Director, CASM, Demos

Is a pioneering technology researcher and award-winning author who has thrown himself into some of the weirdest, least familiar parts of the digital age. His first book, The Death of the Gods: The New Global Power Grab won the Transmission Prize 2019. It describes his journey to understand the new centres of power and powerlessness in the digital age, from politics and media, to business and warfare. It was published in August 2018 by Penguin RandomHouse. In 2012 he co-founded the first The Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at Demos, the first UK think tank institute dedicated to studying the digital world. He's written for the Economist, Wired, New Scientist, the Sunday Times, the Telegraph and the BBC. He’s also a Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College London. 

John Naughton - Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences & Humanities (CRASSH), University of Cambridge

John Naughton is an academic, journalist and author. He is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities at Cambridge University (CRASSH); Director of the Press Fellowship Programme at Wolfson College, Cambridge; Emeritus Professor of the Public Understanding of Technology at the British Open University; Adjunct Professor at University College, Cork and the Technology columnist of the London Observer newspaper.

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PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, The Maurice Wilkes Building, St Johns Innovation Park, Cowley Road, Cambridge CB4 0DS

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