Digital Ethics Summit

  • Wednesday13Dec 2017

    Time: 9:30 - 18:00 Place: County Hall, Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London SE...


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

Speakers at the Summit will include:

  • The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Minister of State for Digital, DCMS
  • Elizabeth Denham, UK Information Commissioner
  • Tim Gardam, CEO Nuffield Foundation
  • Robin Tombs, CEO and founder, Yoti
  • Hetan Shah, Executive Director, The Royal Statistical Society
  • Tabitha Goldstaub, Co-Founder CognitionX
  • Claire Craig, Director of Science Policy, Royal Society
  • Professor Karen Yeung, King’s College London
  • Natalie Banner, Policy Adviser Wellcome Trust
  • Stephen Cave, Executive Director, Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence
  • George Zarkadakis, Digital Lead, Willis Towers Watson


9.30am - Registration and Networking

10:15 – 10:20 - Welcome by Organisers - Antony Walker, techUK

10:25 – 10:45 - Opening Keynote

10:45 – 12:00 - Panel Discussion: How to Ensure Ethical Foresight

In this opening session a group of experts will seek to identify the ethical questions being raised by digital innovation today and consider to what extent these ethical questions are really issues that can be addressed by existing data protection and privacy law. The panel will discuss how we can foresee how ethical issues might evolve in the short, medium and long term given the development and adoption of machine learning and AI.

12:00 – 13:00 - Networking lunch

13:00 – 13:30 - Afternoon Keynote

13:30 – 14:30 - Panel Discussion: Is Now the Right Time for an Ethics by Design Approach?

A panel of experts will consider what is being done to embed ethical practices across business, government and academia today and how an ethics by design approach to the development and adoption of technology could be developed at the same time as encouraging an environment that supports technological creativity and innovation. The session will also discuss whether now is the right time to consider how ethics could be built into the design of digital systems, products and services and what this would actually mean in practice. It will consider the possible opportunities and potential challenges of taking an ethics by design approach, who should take the lead in moving this discussion forward.

14:30 – 14:50 - Coffee break

14:50 – 15:10 - Afternoon Keynote

15:10 – 16:25 - Panel Discussion: Positioning the UK for Ethical Leadership

In this session a panel will share their views on whether the UK can and should position itself as the global centre of excellence for addressing digital and data ethics issues. It will discuss the opportunities and benefits for the UK of leading the way and what more may be needed from industry, Government and others to bolster the UK’s leadership position. It will consider whether the UK has the capability, capacity and infrastructure to become a global hub for anticipating future ethical implications of AI.

16:25 – 16:30 - Close and Next Steps - Antony Walker, techUK

16:30 – 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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