Digital networking is irreversibly changing how humans interact with each other, but citizens’ involvement in collective decisions remains essential.
The widespread adoption of digital technology is raising profound moral, ethical and political questions. From concerns about the power of big tech platforms’ algorithms to debates about the reshaping of what is ‘public’ and ‘private’.
In 2018, scholars at the University of Oxford launched a research project to promote human flourishing in this evolving technological landscape. These ideas and goals are at the heart of the 'Citizenship in a Networked Age' report, released in April 2020.
To celebrate the launch of the report, join a panel of experts to discuss how humans can flourish in the Networked Age. The event is supported by Templeton World Charity Foundation.
About the speakers
Andrew Briggs is Professor of Nanomaterials at the University of Oxford. His research interests focus on materials and techniques for quantum technologies and their incorporation into practical devices. He was inspired to look at the implications for human flourishing of developments in digital technologies and artificial intelligence by the machine learning he uses for experiments in his laboratory. He has more than 600 publications, with over 25,000 citations. His most recent book is It Keeps Me Seeking (OUP 2018).
Dame Wendy Hall DBE, FRS, FREng is Regius Professor of Computer Science, Associate Vice President (International Engagement), and is an Executive Director of the Web Science Institute at the University of Southampton.
With Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Sir Nigel Shadbolt she co-founded the Web Science Research Initiative in 2006 and is the Managing Director of the Web Science Trust, which has a global mission to support the development of research, education and thought leadership in Web Science.
She became a Dame Commander of the British Empire in the 2009 UK New Year's Honours list and is a Fellow of the Royal Society.
She has previously been President of the ACM, President of BCS, Senior Vice President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a member of the UK Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology, was a founding member of the European Research Council and Chair of the European Commission’s ISTAG, was a member of the Global Commission on Internet Governance, and was a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Futures Council on the Digital Economy.
Dame Wendy was co-Chair of the UK government’s Artificial Intelligence Review, which was published in October 2017, is the UK government’s first Skills Champion for AI and is a member of the newly formed AI Council. In May 2020, she was appointed Chair of the Ada Lovelace Institute
Michael J. Reiss is Professor of Science Education at University College London, Visiting Professor at the Universities of York and the Royal Veterinary College, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, the Society of Biology and the Royal Society of Arts, a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics and a Priest in theChurch of England. He is President of the International Society for Science & Religion and of the International Association for Science and Religion in Schools and was previously Director of Education at the Royal Society and a Specialist Advisor to the House of Commons (education) and the House of Lords (bioethics). Much of his recent writing has been concerned with the aims of education and with how we can have curricula andapproaches to teaching in schools that enable students to flourish.
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