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This is for everyone: The hopes of the pioneers

Featuring: Cory Doctorow, Ronan Dunne, Martha Lane Fox, Alan Rusbridger, Henry Porter (chair) “Vague but exciting” was the comment scrawled on the top of Sir Tim Berners’Lee’s proposal for an information-management system – aka the World Wide Web. As the penny began to drop in the early 90s about th elimitless possibilities of the web, there was a surge of opitmism, a sense that humanity had been given a tool that would provide undreamed-of opportunities for self-expression and learning. Above all, it seemed then that Sir Tim’s invention was a force for equality. “This is for everyone,” he reaffirmed at London 2012. Read more

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Debate: The internet is a failed utopia

Featuring: Andrew Keen and Frank Pasquale vs Beth Simone Noveck and Peter Barron. Jeremy Paxman (chair) Picking up where we left off in the first session, we move from the early vision to the reality of the internet today. To many, their hopes have been smashed by the revelations of government surveillance of our personal data – with the co-operation of the tech giants who know and record our every move online. Add to that the negative impact the internet has had on jobs and inequality, the problems of addiction and information overload, the balkanisation of interest groups, and the trend towards confirmation bias – and the dream has turned very sour indeed.Read more

The event

The Intelligence Squared – Vanity Fair Digital Summit will feature the some of the world’s most prominent innovators who are transforming our lives at an ever increasing speed, and the influential thinkers who are interpreting the opportunities and threats we face. Join us and network with the tech sector’s leaders and the digital world’s brightest minds. Read more

The Speakers

Our confirmed speakers include (click for more information):

Alan Rusbridger
ALAN RUSBRIDGER
Former Editor of the Guardian
Martha Lane Fox
MARTHA LANE FOX
Entrepreneur and tech evangelist
Nick Bostrom
SEAN RAD
Co-founder and CEO of dating app Tinder
Jeremy Paxman
JEREMY PAXMAN
Britain’s best known broadcaster and journalist
Andrew Keen
ANDREW KEEN
Silicon Valley’s favourite controversialist
Jamal Edwards
JAMAL EDWARDS
Entrepreneur and founder of SBTV
Nick Bostrom
NICK BOSTROM
The world’s leading expert on artificial intelligence
Kathryn Parsons
JEMIMA KHAN
Journalist, philanthropist and freedom of information campaigner
Kathryn Parsons
KATHRYN PARSONS
Co-founder & co-CEO of digital tech school Decoded
Henry Porter
HENRY PORTER
London editor of Vanity Fair and civil liberties campaigner
Rohan Silva
ROHAN SILVA
Co-founder of Second Home and former tech adviser to David Cameron
Jamie Bartlett
JAMIE BARTLETT
Author of The Dark Net and Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at Demos
Kamal Ahmed
KAMAL AHMED
Journalist and Business Editor of BBC News
Cory Doctorow
CORY DOCTOROW
Campaigner for freedom on the internet and science fiction author
Dan Glaser
DAN GLASER
Neuroscientist at King’s College London
Lauri Saft
LAURI SAFT
Director, IBM Watson Ecosystem
Kathryn Parsons
PETER BARRON
Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs for EMEA at Google
Bindi Karia
BINDI KARIA
Tech investor, entrepreneur and VP of Silicon Valley Bank
Ronan Dunne
RONAN DUNNE
Chief Executive Officer, Telefonica UK Limited
Jemima Kiss
JEMIMA KISS
Head of technology at the Guardian
Dr Adam Rutherford
ADAM RUTHERFORD
Author and broadcaster. Presenter of BBC Radio 4's Inside Science
Frank Pasquale
CARINA NAMIH
Founder and CEO of HelixNano
Rick Edwards
RICK EDWARDS
Broadcaster and writer
Martha Lane Fox
BEEBAN KIDRON
Film and documentary maker, whose 2013 film InRealLife probed the internet’s effect on children
Jemima Kiss
BETH SIMONE NOVECK
Founder of the White House Open Government Initiative
Frank Pasquale
FRANK PASQUALE
Author, big data and financial algorithms expert
Murray Shanahan
MURRAY SHANAHAN
Professor of Cognitive Robotics, Imperial College London
Riva-Melissa Tez
RIVA-MELISSA TEZ
Transhumanism advocate and tech investment consultant
Julie Meyer
JULIE MEYER
Founder and CEO of Ariadne Capital
Adam Cohen
ADAM COHEN
Google’s Head of Economic Policy in Europe
James Veitch
JAMES VEITCH
Director, writer, performer, comedian & former Apple Genius
What We're Talking About Right Now

Facebook and Privacy

Tuesday 9th June 2015

by Henry Porter – UK editor, Vanity Fair

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Brains of the Future

Friday 5th June 2015

by Henry Porter – UK editor, Vanity Fair

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Mote and beam

Friday 5th June 2015

by Henry Porter – UK editor, Vanity Fair

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Facebook: We Need You

Thursday 4th June 2015

by Henry Porter – UK editor, Vanity Fair

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Vanity Fair’s London Editor Welcomes O2 to our Digital Summit

Thursday 7th May 2015

by Henry Porter – UK editor, Vanity Fair

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What We’re Reading Right Now
The Data Science Revolution
The Data Science Revolution, Huffington Post Blog Published 07.05.2015 Today, we are more connected than ever, and rely on all kinds of smart machines on a daily basis. Computers may have started as linear tools used only by engineers for discrete tasks, but they have grown into versatile devices that support each of us in a distinct and exciting way. Read more
The political storm over the Googleplex
How friendship became a tool of the powerful (£), Guardian Published 07.05.2015 As an endless stream of exaggerated displays of positivity or success, Facebook often serves to make people feel worse about themselves and their own lives...People who cannot put down their smartphones are not engaging with images or gadgetry for the sake of it: they are desperately seeking some form of human interaction, but of a kind that does nothing to limit their personal, private autonomy. Read more
The political storm over the Googleplex
Fear of An AI Planet: What ‘Age of Ultron’ and ‘Ex Machina’ Get Wrong About Our Robot Overlords (£), The Daily Beast Published 05.05.2015 The new films Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ex Machina both reflect our Elon Musk-approved fears of artificial intelligence. But perhaps a little AI in our lives could be a good thing. Read more
The political storm over the Googleplex
The political storm over the Googleplex (£), FT Published 27.04.2015 Google has emerged as one of the five largest companies in the world, measured by market capitalisation. The largest, Apple, is about 20 minutes drive down the road. Facebook, another giant, is in a nearby suburb. Yet the Silicon Valley idyll is increasingly being disturbed by political storms blowing in from foreign lands. The world’s students may aspire to work for Google. But the world’s politicians seem to want to bring the company to heel. Read more
Homeland Security to Open Office in Silicon Valley
Big Data’s big libertarian lie: Facebook, Google and the Silicon Valley ethical overhaul we need, Salon Published 26.04.2015 Why has Big Data so quickly become a part of industry dogma? Beyond the tremendous amounts of money being thrown at Big Data initiatives, both in research dollars and marketing efforts designed to convince enterprise clients of Big Data’s efficacy, the analytics industry plays into long-held cultural notions about the value of information… Read more
Homeland Security to Open Office in Silicon Valley
Homeland Security to Open Office in Silicon Valley, New York Times Published 21.04.2015 When it comes to violent posts on its social network, Twitter has long held that it would only seek to ban direct, specific threats made against others on its microblogging service. Now, the company has decided that simply promoting violence against others is enough to get a user suspended…. Read more
Homeland Security to Open Office in Silicon Valley
Homeland Security to Open Office in Silicon Valley, Daily Beast Published 21.04.2015 The Department of Homeland Security is finalizing plans to open a “satellite office” in Silicon Valley that will work with tech companies to improve cyber security and recruit people to work for the government, Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced Tuesday… Read more
BitTorrent: the comic book shop of the future?
BitTorrent: the comic book shop of the future?, Guardian Published 19.04.2015 The file-sharing firm best known for making piracy possible is now doing deals not only with film and TV companies but with graphic novel publishers too. Read more
To Protect the Most Fundamental Rights of Internet Users, We Must Always Be Skeptical of Any Call for Regulation
To Protect the Most Fundamental Rights of Internet Users, We Must Always Be Skeptical of Any Call for Regulation, Huffington Post Blog Published 13.04.2015 When considering the issue of regulating the Internet, we must not overlook the possible harmful implications of even seemingly minor regulation. Every governmental intervention carries with it limitation of personal rights, whether its primarily aim is to serve the governments’ interests and control or even where it is limited solely to the legitimate purpose of protecting and serving the citizens themselves. Read more
Jay Z aims to topple Spotify with music streaming service Tidal
Jay Z aims to topple Spotify with music streaming service Tidal, Guardian Published 31.03.2015 Musicians including Beyoncé and Madonna show support for rapper as he overhauls service designed to make more money for artists. Read more
The Dark Net
The Dark Net by Jamie Bartlett The Dark Net is a revelatory examination of the internet today, and of its most innovative and dangerous subcultures, stretching from secret Facebook groups to the encrypted and hidden Tor network… Buy
The Black Box Society: The Secret Algorithms That Control Money and Information
The Black Box Society: The Secret Algorithms That Control Money and Information by Frank Pasquale Every day, corporations are connecting the dots about our personal behavior silently scrutinizing clues left behind by our work habits and Internet use. The data compiled and portraits created are incredibly detailed, to the point of being invasive. But who connects the dots about what firms are doing with this information?… Buy
Artificial Intelligence Is Almost Ready for Business
Artificial Intelligence Is Almost Ready for Business, Harvard Business Review Published 19.03.2015 AI, expert systems, and business intelligence have been with us for decades, but this time the reality almost matches the rhetoric, driven by the exponential growth in technology capabilities… Read more
Newsflash: Women just don't wear watches anymore. Sorry Apple
Newsflash: Women just don’t wear watches anymore. Sorry Apple, The Telegraph Published 10.03.2015 Apple is launching its first wearable technology offering: the smart watch. But will it appeal to the few remaining women who actually wear timepieces? Claire Coleman – a self confessed Apple addict – isn’t so sure. Read more
Future Tech and Future Man at Work
Future Tech and Future Man at Work (VIDEO), BBC Published 10.03.2015 From a Dutch project aiming to 3D print an entire house to a planned high-speed train in China that will be propelled (at least this is the idea) through a vacuum tube. Can such technological wizardry really be… Read more
Superintelligence
Superintelligence by Nick Bostrom A New York Times bestseller, Superintelligence asks the questions: What happens when machines surpass humans in general intelligence? Will artificial agents save or destroy us? Nick Bostrom lays the foundation for understanding the future of humanity and intelligent life… Buy
The Internet is Not the Answer
The Internet is Not the Answer by Andrew Keen By tracing the history of the Internet, from its founding in the 1960s to the creation of the World Wide Web in 1989, through the waves of start-ups and the rise of the big data companies to the increasing attempts to monetize almost every human activity, Keen shows how the Web has had a deeply negative effect on our culture, economy and society. Buy
Surveillance-based manipulation: How Facebook or Google could tilt elections
Surveillance-based manipulation: How Facebook or Google could tilt elections, Arstechnica Published 26.02.2015 Someone who knows things about us has some measure of control over us, and someone who knows everything about us has a lot of control over us. Surveillance facilitates control… Read more
Ruled by Robots
Ruled by Robots (£), The Times Published 23.02.2015 Of course it was the Germans who devised the phrase “Industrie 4.0”. The vision of factories staffed and overseen entirely by robots has the sheen of a Bavarian reverie. But the fourth industrial revolution, as the idea is known in English, is more than a distant fantasy… Read more
March of the Robots
March of the Robots (£), Sunday Times Published 22.02.2015 The vision of a luxury automated tomorrow is giving way to an altogether darker prospect in which algorithms make the professional classes redundant. Andrew Keen reveals how to join the elite who are on the right side of artificial intelligence Read more
modern-magna-carta
A Modern Magna Carta (VIDEO), BBC Published 02.02.2015 Lawyer and human rights champion Helena Kennedy QC attempts to design a Magna Carta for today’s globalised world. Read more
Tech star Kathryn Parsons has deleted her email — do you dare?
Tech star Kathryn Parsons has deleted her email — do you dare?, Evening Standard Published 02.09.2014 Digital detox is for softies these days. As Silicon Roundabout’s Kathryn Parsons wipes her inbox, Richard Godwin calls peak email. Read more
The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies
The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies by Andrew Keen In recent years, Google’s autonomous cars have logged thousands of miles on American highways and IBM’s Watson trounced the best human Jeopardy! players. Digital technologies – with hardware, software, and networks at their core – will in the near future diagnose diseases more accurately than doctors can… Buy
Artificial Intelligence Is Almost Ready for Business
Surveillance and Self-censorship (VIDEO), BBC Published 19.01.2015 Tom Sutcliffe’s joined in the studio by Pulitzer Prize winning poet Paul Muldoon, Oxford professor of Russian Catriona Kelly, Philip Schofield who is a professor at UCL and director of The Bentham Project… Read more
Kathryn Parsons, Decoded Founder, On The 'Dangerous Illusion' That Keeps Women Out Of Tech
Kathryn Parsons, Decoded Founder, On The ‘Dangerous Illusion’ That Keeps Women Out Of Tech, Huffington Post Published 27.08.2013 Kathryn Parsons knows from firsthand experience just how tough it is to break into the tech world – and the specific barriers that women face in doing so. The cofounder of London startup Decoded, and the creator of the Code in a Day computer programming courses, understands just how important it is for women to have equal access to the tech world as men…. Read more
The hysteria over trolls is a classic moral panic
The hysteria over trolls is a classic moral panic, Spiked Published 06.08.2013 The most remarkable thing about the frenzied national handwringing over Twitter trolls is that anybody is taking it seriously...It’s time we referred to this fretting over trolls by its real name: a moral panic, as unfounded in fact and motored by irrational fears as any of the moral panics of the twentieth century, whether over black muggers or mods and rockers. Read more

DETAILS

Date: Thursday 11th June 2015 Venue: Shoreditch Town Hall (map)

Venue

Shoreditch Town Hall

380 Old Street,
London,
EC1V 9LT