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Trust & Technology Initiative 2019 Symposium - Agenda

19th September, Wolfson Hall, Churchill College, Cambridge


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Welcome to our 2019 symposium. We hope you enjoy a day of stimulating conversations around trust, technology, and society. The main event will be in the Wolfson Hall. Tea and coffee during breaks and post-symposium drinks will be served in the Concourse. If you are sharing photos on social media, we ask that you respect any ‘no photo’ stickers displayed by attendees. Please note our code of conduct available at registration and online.


13.30-14.00 – Registration


14.00-14.10 – Welcome and Introduction

  •  Dr Jat Singh

Senior Research Fellow, Department of Computer Science and Technology

Co-Chair, Trust & Technology Initiative


14.10-15.30 – Session 1: Automation and Society

Chair: Dr Jennifer Cobbe (Trust & Technology Initiative) 

  • Dr Jess Whittlestone

Research Associate, Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence

Steering Committee Member, Trust & Technology Initiative

  • Dr Beth Singler

Junior Research Fellow in Artificial Intelligence, Homerton College 

  • Dr Christopher Markou

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, Faculty of Law 

  • Councillor Ian Manning

Cambridgeshire County Council


15.30-15.50 – Break


15.50-17.10 – Session 2: Critical Perspectives on Innovation

Chair: Dr Rob Doubleday (Executive Director, Centre for Science and Policy; Steering Committee Member, Trust & Technology Initiative) 

  • Professor Jennifer Gabrys

Professor of Media, Culture and Environment, Department of Sociology

Steering Committee Member, Trust & Technology Initiative 

  • Dr Catherine Rhodes

Executive Director, Centre for the Study of Existential Risk 

  • Matthew Mahmoudi

PhD Candidate, Centre of Development Studies


17.10-17.30 – Break


17.30-17.40 – Research Lightning Talks


17.40-19.00 – Session 3: Technology and Democracy

Chair: Professor John Naughton (Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences & Humanities; Steering Committee member, Trust & Technology Initiative) 

  • Dr David Erdos

Senior Lecturer in Law and the Open Society, Faculty of Law

Steering Committee Member, Trust & Technology Initiative 

  • Dr Ella McPherson

Senior Lecturer in the Sociology of New Media and Digital Technology, Dept of Sociology

Executive Committee member, Trust & Technology Initiative 

  • Jon Roozenbeek

PhD Candidate, Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages

Member, Trust & Technology Initiative SIG in Disinformation and Media Literacy


19.00-20.00 – Reception

About us

The Trust & Technology Initiative brings together and drives forward interdisciplinary research from Cambridge and beyond to explore the dynamics of trust and distrust in relation to internet technologies, society and power; to better inform trustworthy design and governance of next generation tech at the research and development stage; and to promote informed, critical, and engaging voices supporting individuals, communities and institutions in light of technology’s increasing pervasiveness in societies.

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