Digital Ethics Summit

  • Wednesday13Dec 2017
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    This event will discuss the ethical issues raised by Artificial Intelligence and consider the key digital and data ethics questions being asked today by the use of AI.


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On Wednesday 13 December, join techUK and partners at The County Hall for the Digital Ethics Summit. This event will discuss the ethical issues raised by Artificial Intelligence and consider the key digital and data ethics questions being asked today by the use of AI.

This Summit is being organised in partnership with the Royal Statistical Society, Wellcome Trust, Royal Society, British Academy, University of Oxford Data Ethics Lab, Open Data Institute, The Alan Turing Institute and the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence and sponsored by Microsoft, The Nuffield Foundation and Yoti.

It will bring together philosophers, academics, industry and policy makers to consider the digital and data ethics questions being asked today by the use of AI and identify future ethical issues that may need to be addressed moving forward.

As outlined in more detail below throughout the day keynote presentations and panel discussions will focus on the following key themes:

1. AI and the Law

2. AI and Design

3. AI and Foresight

4. AI and Leadership

The event will also bring together a number of current conversations and efforts around digital ethics happening in the UK, Europe and globally and consider how and where partners could work together and current activities might be scaled up.

Join the conversation on twitter #AIethics


9:30am - Registration and Networking

10:15 – 10:30 - Welcome Address - Antony Walker, Deputy CEO, techUK

10:30 – 10:45 – Opening Address - Martha Lane Fox, Founder & Executive Chair, Doteveryone

10:45 – 11:40 - Panel Discussion: What is the current landscape and how to Ensure Ethical Foresight

This panel will discuss the current landscape in which AI is evolving and identify the ethical questions being raised today. It will consider to what extent these ethical questions are really issues that can be addressed by existing laws and if not the need to embed ethical foresight as we move forward. The panel will also discuss the importance of taking the time to foresee the ethical impact AI will have on humans and ensure that the development of innovative digital technology is on the right ethical and moral path.

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

Panelists include:

  • Professor Luciano Floridi, Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information, Director of the Digital Ethics Lab Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
  • Dr Stephen Cave, Executive Director, Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, University of Cambridge
  • Dr Claire Craig, Director of Science Policy, Royal Society
  • George Zarkadakis, Digital Lead, Willis Towers Watson
  • Rob McCargow, Programme Leader - Artificial Intelligence, PwC

11:40 – 11:50 – Fireside Chat with The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Minister of State for Digital, DCMS

11:50 – 12:10 – Keynote: Carolyn Nguyen, Director, Technology Policy, Microsoft

12:10 – 13:30 - Networking lunch

13:30 – 13:50 – Keynote: Elizabeth Denham, Information Commissioner, Information Commissioner's Office

13:50 – 14:50 - Panel Discussion: How do we embed an Ethics by Design Approach?

This panel will discuss how an ethics by design approach is already being taken by organisations today and what more may need to be done moving forward. It will explore how companies are already dealing with ethical issues and whether now is the right time to embed ethical thinking into the design, development and adoption of advanced digital technologies and how this might be achieved. It will also consider whether there is a need to introduce an ethical by design legal requirement and what lessons could be learnt from the recent development in data privacy laws.

Chair – Hetan Shah, Executive Director, The Royal Statistical Society

Panelists include:

  • Robin Tombs, CEO, Yoti
  • James Kidner, Director of Partnership, Improbable
  • Kriti Sharma, VP Artificial Intelligence, Sage
  • Tabitha Goldstaub, Co-Founder, Cognitionx
  • Elizabeth Denham, Information Commissioner, ICO
  • Stephen Deadman, Global Deputy Chief Privacy Officer, Facebook

14:50 – 15:20 - Coffee break

15:20 – 15:40 – Keynote: Tim Gardam, Chief Executive, Nuffield Foundation

15:40 – 16:40 - Panel Discussion: Positioning the UK for Ethical Leadership

This panel will discuss the opportunities and benefits for the UK of positioning itself as the global centre of excellence for addressing digital and data ethics issues. It will consider what institutions and capacity building structures need to be in place to make this can happen. It will consider what more may be needed from industry, Government and others to bolster the UK’s ethical leadership position.

Chair - Sue Daley, techUK

Panelists include:

  • Dr Natalie Banner, Policy Advisor, Wellcome Trust
  • Ollie Buckley, Deputy Director, Digital Charter & Data Ethics, DCMS
  • Dr Jeni Tennison OBE, CEO, ODI
  • Richard Ward, Government and Regulatory Affairs, IBM

16:40 – 16:50 - Close and Next Steps - Antony Walker, Deputy CEO, techUK

16:50 – 18:00 - Networking drinks

This event will be organised by techUK in partnership with:

Royal Statistical Society


Wellcome Trust


The Royal Society

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British Academy


University of Oxford Digital Ethics Lab

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Open Data Institute


Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence


The Alan Turing Institute

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Sponsored by: 

The Nuffield Foundation

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  • Sue Daley

    Sue Daley

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