UCL Institute for Global Prosperity


The IGP's Soundbites Series Autumn 2019

1 September 2019

The IGP's Soundbites series are public events hosted by the UCL Institute for Global Prosperity, and open to all.


**Please register for each Soundbite on Eventbrite. The links for each event are listed above their description.**

Soundbites are a platform for professionals and entrepreneurs who are leading in their field. Speakers are innovators and inspiring actors working in new and traditional sectors, outside of academia. The Soundbite gives the audience an insight into how their organisation contributes to sustainable and inclusive prosperity.

This series will be delving into the world of data, artificial intelligence and our digital lives to explore how the governance of digital infrastructures, individual freedoms and surveillance capitalism are shaping our societies. Who are those trying to use technology to help us re-think prosperity in terms of fairness, accountability and inclusivity? The internet as micro and macro innovation has given humanity unquantifiable benefits and possibilities, and changed our notional experiences of living, but we are only just beginning to understand new risks and threats beyond what was predicted in fictional dystopian imaginations from George Orwell to Black Mirror. Speakers in this series are at the helm of organisations working on the frontiers of the challenges, the contradictions and the uncertainties emerging from disruptive technologies and will help us understand what needs to be done for a more prosperous future for everyone.

Edin Omanovic
Privacy International
The Scramble for Data: How & Why Surveillance Is Being Exported Around the World

Privacy International (PI) is a charity that challenges the governments and companies that want to know everything about individuals, groups, and whole societies. The future PI wants is one where people are in control of their data and the technology they use, and governments and companies are no longer able to use technology to monitor, track, analyse, profile, and ultimately, manipulate and control us. But we have to fight for that future.

Keith Hiatt
AI for Human Rights

On 21 December 2016, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 71/248, establishing the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism to assist in the investigation and prosecution of persons responsible for the most serious crimes under International Law committed in the Syrian Arab Republic since March 2011. It is more commonly referred to as “the Mechanism”, or “IIIM”.

Rachel Coldicutt
Innovating bold, fast AND responsibly: How to resolve the tension between growth and responsibility in the digital economy

Doteveryone is an independent think tank that explores how technology is changing society, shows what responsible technology can look like, and catalyses communities to shape technology to create change. Responsible technology promotes a fair, inclusive and thriving democratic society. It works in the best interests of the individual and of the public as a whole, safeguards against harm and is founded on fair and transparent value exchange between people and technology.

Madeleine Maxwell
The Engine Room
Data, Power and Consent in Humanitarian Support

The Engine Room has a mission to accelerate social change, and helps activists, organisations, and other social change agents make the most of data and technology to increase their impact. It aims to: (i) increase impact by supporting you in making informed technology and data decisions, (ii) support the effective use of data and technology for people’s empowerment, (iii) cut down on wasteful costs in civil society’s adoption of technology and data.

Dima Saber
Check Global: Reflections on our experience building a digital literacy network in 15 countries across the world

Meedan builds digital tools for global journalism and translation. The team is made up of designers, technologists and journalists who focus on open source investigation of digital media and crowdsourced translation of social media. With commercial, media and university partners, Meedan supports research, curriculum development, and new forms of digital storytelling.