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Lunchtime Talks

Our series of informal lunchtime talks features speakers from a range of disciplines and backgrounds talking about their work in the context of trust and technology. 

We are increasingly dependent on digital and internet technologies which pervade society and these questions of power, trust, and distrust of technology are more important than ever. We're looking forward to you joining us.

All of our lunchtime talks run from 1pm to 2pm and are open to the public, and are held in venues in central Cambridge. Registration is not required

Upcoming talks:

4th February 2020: Dr Rikke Amundsen - "Sexting as mediated intimacy work: negotiating social and technological risk and trust"

Location: TBD

20th February 2020: Dr Bill Janeway - "In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash: The Financial System as the joint product of Trust and Technology"

Location: TBD

3rd March 2020: Dr Dennis Grube (Department of Politics and International Studies) - "Civil Servants and Social Media: A minefield or the new frontier?"

Location: TBD

TBA: Amanda Brock ( will talk about Trustable, an open project looking at risk in software development, by pulling together engineering practices, legal and compliance with insurance. Trustable is a no for profit and will work on a contributions basis to establish state of the art around engineering processes, public constraints, legal and compliance and to consider suitable insurance for software

Location: TBD

TBA: Dr Jat Singh (Department of Computer Science and Technology; Trust & Technology Initiative)

Location: TBD

We're currently booking speakers for the 2019-2020 academic year. As well as established academics, we welcome talks from PhD students, early career researchers, and speakers from industry and civil society groups. Interested in doing one of our lunchtime talks? Get in touch!

Previous talks:

10th October 2019: Dr Ella McPherson (Department of Sociology; Trust & Technology Initiative) -"Technologies for Human Rights Witnessing: Humans, Machines and Ethics"

5th March 2019: Dr Amanda Prorok (Computer Laboratory) spoke about new challenges in the coordination of multiple autonomous vehicles (including task assignment, path planning, and formation control) as they pertain to resilience and privacy. 

19th February 2019: Prof Diane Coyle (Bennett Institute for Public Policy) spoke about competition and regulation in the digital sector. 

29th January 2019: Prof Jon Crowcroft (Computer Laboratory) spoke about quantum computing and what it might or might not mean in the context of trust and technology. 

20th November 2018: Prof Simon Schaffer (History and Philosophy of Science) spoke about how trust was initially established, and disputed, around early mechanical computers such as those designed by Babbage. 

25th October 2018: Dr Alice Hutchings (Computer Laboratory) spoke about trust in inherently untrustworthy situations; specifically, how and why cybercriminals trust each other when they are in the business of lying and cheating.


N.B. lunch is not provided at our lunchtime talks, but food will be available to order. Please place orders before 1.10pm, when the talk will begin.

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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