Department of Political Science


Democratic Resilience in the Age of AI

23 November 2023, 6:15 pm–7:30 pm

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Part of the UCL Policy & Practice seminar series.

This event is free.

Event Information

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Eleanor Kingwell-Banham


LT2 Cruciform Building
Gower street
United Kingdom


This event invites you to engage in crucial conversations about the evolution of democracy in the digital era. As AI technologies rapidly advance, concerns about disinformation, misinformation, ‘deepfake’ videos, algorithmic bias, surveillance, and cyber threats are intensifying. Our panel of leading experts at the intersection of AI and democracy will shed light on these unprecedented challenges to democratic systems. They will also explore the implications of AI for elections and civic engagement, the potential for harnessing AI to safeguard democratic values, and the strategies needed to fortify democratic institutions against emerging threats.


Meet the speakers

Angelika Sharygina is a political researcher, presenter and tech for good entrepreneur. She is the founder and CEO of a startup that is creating solutions to combat misinformation to power the next generation of critical thinkers, and she is completing a doctorate in information integrity at Trinity College Dublin. She is a frequent keynote speaker on topics such as fake news, digital rights, forced migration, war studies and sustainability.

Anton Christodoulou is the Chief Technology Officer at Imagination, an Experience Design Company headquartered in London. Anton is responsible for Imagination’s global technology strategy and execution. He has over 20 years’ experience in executive-level technology projects, including with emerging and exponentially-growing technologies such as AI, immersive tech (VR/AR/MR) and blockchain.

Greig Dowling is the founder of the disinformation detection platform Mitify+ and co-founding trustee of the data privacy advocacy group Trust 3.0. He has extensive experience in media and technology, and is passionate about web3, AI, and digital privacy, and their potential to foster a global dialogue that champions responsible innovation for a safer society.

Stephanie Antonian is Director at Aestora. Aestora designs AI applications that move humans from fear to peace. Former Biblical Scholar, she helped build the ethics team at DeepMind and has worked with NASA, Google X - the Moonshot Factory, Harvard, and Accenture on social justice projects.

Chair: Dr Melanie Garson is Associate Professor (Teaching) in International Conflict Resolution & International Security in the UCL Department of Political Science and School of Public Policy, and is the Cyber and Tech Geopolitics Lead at the Tony Blair Institute.


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There is step free access into the lecture theatre(s).
There are designated spaces for wheelchair users within the lecture theatre(s).
There is level access to the designated seating from an entrance.
There is space for an assistance dog.
There is a hearing assistance system for the lecture theatre(s).
There is not a visual fire alarm beacon in the lecture theatre(s).
More info can be found here.


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