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Data Debates: Data and Inequality

  • Knowledge Centre, The British Library 96 Euston Road London, England, NW1 2DB United Kingdom (map)

Can data help defeat inequality?

How can data and technology be used to tackle global issues of poverty and inequality? What part does machine learning play in creating a fairer society? Join the panel below in the next #datadebate

The 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 Executive Director of the Royal Statistical Society, a membership body with a vision for data to be at the heart of understanding and decision making. He is visiting professor at the Policy Institute, Kings College London. Hetan is chair of the Friends Provident Foundation, a trust which seeks a fairer economy. He is a member of the Social Metrics Commission which is seeking new measures of poverty for the UK.

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.

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. 

Earlier Event: June 25
Later Event: July 12
IC2S2 2018