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2019 Digital Ethics Agenda


Registration & Networking



  • Antony Walker, Deputy CEO, techUK



  • Elizabeth Denham, UK Information Commissioner, Information Commissioner’s Office


Headline Sponsor keynote – Microsoft

  • Phil David Harvey, Senior Cloud Solution Architect for Data & AI in One Commercial Partner, Microsoft UK 


Panel: Digital Ethics – Solution or Sideshow?

  • Antony Walker, Deputy CEO, techUK (Chair)
  • John Thornhill, Innovation Editor, Financial Times (Provocateur)
  • Lord Tim Clement-Jones, Chair of the Advisory Council, Institute for Ethical AI in Education, Co-Chair, APPG on AI and Former Chair, House of Lords AI Select Committee
  • Sue Daley, Associate Director, Technology and Innovation, techUK
  • Simon McDougall, Executive Director - Technology and Innovation, Information Commissioner’s Office
  • Heather Patterson, Senior Research Scientist, Intel


Coffee break & networking


Breakout sessions

Fairness and Transparency

Are we ensuring automated decision-making is transparent and minimises bias? What is being achieved and how should action be scaled? 

  • Stephen Cave, Executive Director, Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence (Chair)
  • Carly Kind, Director, Ada Lovelace Institute (Provocateur)
  • Lee Glazier, Head of Service Integrity, R² Data Labs, Rolls-Royce
  • Orlando Machado, Chief Data Scientist, Aviva
  • Chris Todd, Chief Superintendent, West Midlands Police
  • Luke Woollen, Head of Partnerships, MeVitae

Inclusivity and Diversity – powered by Visa

How do we ensure digital innovation works for everyone? Are we heading for a digital ethics divide in society?

  • Allison Gardner, Co-founder, Women Leading in AI (Chair)
  • Jessica Lennard, Director of External Affairs, Data Science Lab, Visa (Provocateur)
  • Katie Alpin, Head of Research and Policy, Money and Mental Health
  • Krissie Barrick, Head of Digital Influencing, Scope
  • Mike Clancy, General Secretary and Chief Executive, Prospect Union

Ethics and the tech for good debate – powered by Splunk

Can tech solve some of our biggest societal problems? If so, what will it take?

  • Jonnie Penn, AI Researcher, University of Cambridge (Chair)
  • James Hodge, Chief Technical Advisor, EMEA, Splunk (Provocateur)
  • Maria Axente, AI for Good Lead, PwC
  • Ian Caveney, Head of Tech for Good, BT Group
  • Sherif Elsayed-Ali, Director of AI for Good, Element AI
  • Anne Radl, Social Investment Manager, Social Tech Trust


Lunch & Networking


Breakout Sessions

Data Privacy and Governancepowered by Intel

Is the current legal and regulatory framework sufficient to answer the ethical questions raised by advanced data driven digital technologies?  

  • Emma Wright, Director and Counsel, Institute for AI (Chair)
  • Riccardo Masucci, Global Director of Privacy Policy, Intel (Provocateur)
  • Ivana Bartoletti, Head of Privacy and Data Protection, Gemserv and Co-Founder, Women Leading in AI Network
  • Natasha McCarthy, Head of Policy, Data, Royal Society
  • Simon McDougall, Executive Director - Technology and Innovation, Information Commissioner’s Office
  • Jeni Tennison, CEO, Open Data Institute
  • Martin Tisne, Managing Director, Luminate

Public Engagement and Democracy

Are we getting public engagement right and how inclusive and democratic is the digital ethics debate? Is public engagement becoming simply an overused term and if so, how do we include the public more in the digital ethics debate?

  • Natalie Banner, 'Understanding Patient Data' Lead, Wellcome Trust (Chair)
  • Simon Burall, Senior Associate, Involve
  • Steven Ginnis, Research Director, Ipsos MORI
  • Helen Margetts, Professor of Society and the Internet, University of Oxford and Director, Public Policy Programme, Alan Turing Institute
  • Nina Schick, Political Advisor, Dalia Research/Political Commentator
  • Elena Sinel, Founder, Teens in AI

Accountability and Explainability

How are we ensuring clear lines of accountability and adequate levels of explanation for individuals? 

  • Hetan Shah, Executive Director, Royal Statistical Society (Chair)
  • Richard Tomsett, Emerging Technology Specialist, IBM Research (Provocateur)
  • Julie Dawson, Director of Regulatory and Policy, Yoti
  • Ben Gilburt, AI Ethics Lead, Sopra Steria
  • Helena Quinn, Senior Policy Officer, Information Commissioner’s Office


Coffee Break & Networking


Session Feedback – Optimism Barometer


The Audit of AI Systems: Top-down and Bottom-up Approaches

  • Professor Luciano Floridi, Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information and Director of the Digital Ethics Lab, University of Oxford


Panel: What’s coming next?

  • Professor Luciano Floridi, Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information and Director of the Digital Ethics Lab, University of Oxford (Chair)
  • Kate Devlin, Senior Lecturer in Social and Cultural Artificial Intelligence, King's College London
  • Tom Meakin, COO Europe, QuantumBlack
  • Catherine Miller, Interim CEO, Doteveryone
  • Jeni Mundy, Regional Managing Director, UK & Ireland, Visa
  • Mike Philips, Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft


Closing Remarks

  • Antony Walker, Deputy CEO, techUK


Networking Drinks


Conference Close



 For more information about this event, please contact:

  • Noreen Aldworth

    Noreen Aldworth

    Head of Events
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