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2018 Conference agenda #AIEthics




Registration & networking breakfast



techUK welcome

Antony Walker, Deputy CEO, techUK

09:40 -10:00

AI will shape the future, how will we shape an ethical AI?

Kate Rosenshine, Cloud Solution Architect Manager, Data & AI, Financial Services and Insurance, Microsoft


Ministerial Keynote

Margot James MPMinister of State, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport


Recorded Address

Elizabeth Denham, Information Commissioner, Information Commisioner's Office (ICO)



Sir Alan Wilson, Chair, Ada Lovelace Institute



Coffee break / Move to tracks



Breakout tracks on key themes:

1 - What progress has been made in the last twelve months and have we achieved what is needed?

With a number of new bodies and institutes having been created this track discussed how all these new bodies work together; whether there has been enough real practical action taking place, if there are still issues that are not being addressed and what capabilities and capacity may still be needed to ensure any gaps that exist now, or in the future, are identified and addressed.

Chair - Sue Daley, Head of Programme Cloud, Data Analytics and AI, techUK

Roger Taylor, Chair, Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation

Tim Gardam, CEO, Nuffield Foundation

Rachel Coldicutt, CEO, Doteveryone 

Hetan Shah, Executive Director, Royal Statistical Society 

Lord Tim Clement Jones CBE, AI Select Committee, House of Lords

2 - Public Engagement - What are the public telling us and how do we get this right?

This year we have seen the emergence of a national and international digital ethics debate.  This track considered the importance of engaging the public and discussed what has already been learnt from public engagement conducted so far. It determined where gaps in current knowledge and ethical foresight may exist today and how these gaps could be filled, how to get public engagement right and what that means in practice.

Chair - Dr Stephen Cave, Executive Director, Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, University of Cambridge

Sarah Castell, Head of Public Dialogue and Qualitative Methods, Ipsos MORI

Kate Coughlan, Head of Planning, BBC 

Dr Kanta DihalPostdoctoral Research Associate, Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, University of Cambridge

Hugh Milward, Director, Corporate, External and Legal Affairs, Microsoft 

Jessica Montgomery, Senior Policy Adviser, The Royal Society

3 - Ethics in Practice by Business

This track showcased the practical steps being taken by industry, and the tools that have been developed, to support businesses to embed ethics into the way they work and think. Through real life case studies and demos it discussed the approach industry is taking to operationalise ethics by design and put in the hands of business leader’s simple tools and processes they can use to identify, consider and address ethical concerns, guide businesses ethical decision making and keep businesses on the right track.


Chair – Rob McCargow, Director of AI, PwC

Opening Keynote - Riccardo Masucci, Global Director of Privacy Policy, Intel   

Ivana Bartoletti, Head of Data Protection and Privacy, Gemserv

Matteo Berlucchi, CEO, Your.MD

Emma Wright, Partner, Kemp Little 

Ana Perales, Strategic Transformation Director, Barclays


Tracks move back into plenary


Keynote Address

Luciano Floridi, Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information Oxford University and Director of Digital Ethics Lab Oxford Internet Institute



Networking lunch



Breakout tracks on key themes

1 - Ethics as a competitive advantage in an international context 

This track discussed the opportunities and benefits for the UK of positioning itself as a global leader and centre of excellence for addressing ethical issues particularly in relation to the development of AI. The session discussed whether the UK has what it needs to play this role and considered what more may be needed from industry, Government and others to bolster the UK’s ethical leadership position given similar activities happening in Europe and internationally.

Chair - Antony Walker, Deputy CEO, techUK

Opening keynote - Lenny Stein, Senior Vice President, Global Affairs, Splunk

Cecilia Bonefeld-Dahl, Director General, DIGITALEUROPE

Sarah GoldFounder & CEO, Projects by IF

Sana Khareghani, Deputy Director, Office for Artificial Intelligence

2 - How can we improve data rights and controls for individuals?

techUK, The Royal Society and The British Academy have been working together to explore the concept of data ownership. What has emerged strongly from these wider discussions is that the notion of data ownership is simply not helpful. But the question remains as to how you can usefully re-frame this debate and provide people with sufficient data rights and control. This track therefore explored the conversation so far and the ethical issues raised by the current data ownership discussion. It explored some alternative approaches which could provide a practical way forward to providing people with a greater degree of trust as to how they can exercise their rights and have control over data.

Chair - Dr Claire Craig CBE, Chief Science Policy Officer, The Royal Society 

Sophia Adams Bhatti, Director of Legal and Regulatory Policy, The Law Society

James Boyle, Senior Associate, Taylor Vinters

Darren Jones MP, Bristol, North West

Caroline Normand, Director of Policy, Consumer Association, Which?

Jeni Tennison, CEO, Open Data Institute (ODI)

3 - Ethics in Practice by Public Sector

This track showcased the practical steps being taken by the public sector in response to current public ethical concerns and explored the proactive measures being taken to ensure an ethics by design approach is embed into the development of new, innovative and intelligent, technologies.

Chair - Katherine Mayes, Programme Manager, Cloud, Data, Analytics and AI, techUK

Brhmie Balaram, Senior Researcher, Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA)

Shelley Campbell, Lead Product Owner, Intelligent Automation Garage, DWP

Giles Herdale, Director, Herdale Consulting and Co-Chair of the Independent Digital Ethics Panel for Policing (IDEPP)

Hilary Sutcliffe, Director Society Inside

Mark Jennings, COO, Health and Public Service - Europe, Accenture

Dr Indra Joshi, Digital Health and AI Clinical Lead, NHS England

Sam Roberts, Delivery Manager, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport 



Networking break




Plenary panel discussion - What do we need for 2019?

Dr Natalie BannerUnderstanding Patient Data Lead, Wellcome Trust

Rachel ColdicuttCEO, Doteveryone

Tabitha Goldstaub, Co-Founder, CognitionX and Chair, AI Council

Cora Govett, Deputy Directors, Digital Charter, Department for Digital Culture, Media and Sport

Helen Mayhew, Partner & Chief Operating Officer, QuantumBlack

Simon McDougall, Executive Director, Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)

Richard Potter, Chief Technology Officer, Microsoft Services



Networking drinks reception


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