Power & Responsibility Summit

9 October 2019, British Library

The DigitalAgenda Power & Responsibility summit explored how technology can respond to the societal and economic issues we face, and debated issues of regulation, trust and the unintended consequences of the digital age.

The 2019 summit looked at the challenges that these issues present, and at the policy and technology solutions now emerging including the “Online Harms White Paper”

Speakers included

Matt Warman MP

Minister for Digital and Broadband, DCMS

Caroline Criado Perez OBE

Writer and campaigner

Sana Khareghani

Head of UK Government Office for AI

Paul van Zyl

Co-founder and CCO, The Conduit

Russell Haworth

CEO, Nominet

Catherine Mayer

Executive Director, Datum Future (photo by Leo Cackett)

Jacqueline de Rojas CBE

President, techUK

Dr Indra Joshi

Head of Digital Health and AI, NHSX

Richard Sergeant photo
Richard Sargeant

Chief Commercial Officer, Faculty

Cheryl Stevens MBE

Deputy Director for Trust & Identity, DWP

Umesh Pandya

Design and Product Director, 87%

Daniel Korski

Co-founder and CEO, PUBLIC

Heather Savory

Co-Chair, UN Global Working Group Bureau for Big Data

Adam Thilthorpe

Director of Policy, Professionalism and Public Affairs, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT

Claire Levens

Policy Director, Internet Matters

Kate Russell

Tech Reporter

Ban Leonard photo
Ben Leonard

CEO, Life Moments

Karen Dolva

Co-founder and CEO, No Isolation

Eva Appelbaum

Co-founder and Partner, Arc Group

Jess Tyrell photo
Jess Tyrrell

Director of Strategy, Beyond

Chris Thorpe

Head of Technology, CAST

Photograph of Rachel Neaman
Rachel Neaman

Strategy Director, DigitalAgenda

Barry Panayi

Chief Data Officer, Lloyds Banking Group

Maria Hernandez

Head of Innovation, Cisco UKI

Nigel Watson

Group Director of Information Services, Northumbrian Water Group

Liz Williams MBE

Director of Digital Society, BT

Green paper social graphic

Summit Themes

BUSINESS – Power, responsibility and the economy

Technology is changing our economy fast. But too many business models work against the public interest. How can tech business, and government, do more for the common good?

SOCIETY – Responsible Innovation for good and regulation

How can it make the internet safer? What regulation is needed to ensure a fairer internet? How can we protect innovation?

PEOPLE – Technology, online behaviour and safety

Digital’s effects on online behaviour, mental health and concerns over privacy and online safety. How can we get past the problems that it creates? What are the wellbeing benefits that digital promises for us?

Delegates attended from across business, startups, big tech, policy, think tanks, the not-for-profit sector, academic and consumer groups.

Network Membership

Summit tickets included 1 year’s free membership for the DigitalAgenda Network. Discounts and free places apply for network members. If you are not sure whether you or your company is a member of DigitalAgenda, please do not hesitate to contact [email protected]

Pictures of summit 2019

One of the best informed & most constructive debates I've participated in.

Chi Onwurah MP

Thanks for raising the bar on what an event on this theme should be like.

Adah Parris, Djembe Consulting

Surely one of the best events I have attended - organised with hard work and dedication.

Maria Axente, PwC


8:30 AM Registration and refreshments start

9:15 AM Summit Introduction and the DigitalAgenda Report Discussion

09:40 AM Theme #1: Power and the Economy

09:40 AM Speech ‘Tech for good, profit with purpose’

09:50 AM Panel discussion: Power, Responsibility and the Economy

10:30 AM Ministerial Keynote

11:00 AM Coffee Networking Break

11:30 AM Theme #2: Responsible Innovation for Good

11:45 AM Fireside Chat: AI revolution – opportunities and challenges

12:15 PM Panel discussion: Regulation and Innovation

1:00 PM Lunch Break

2:00 PM Theme #3: Societal Challenges and Solutions

2:10 PM Fireside Chat: Caroline Criado-Perez, the author of the Invisible Women

2:40 PM Panel discussion: Technology and Society

3:30 PM Looking to the future

4:10 PM Closing Keynote

4:20 PM Close



Knowledge Centre Theatre, The British Library

The 2nd summit returned again to the modern Knowledge Centre at the British Library in Euston. The venue consists of a state-of-the-art theatre is the perfect setting for a day of ideas, debate and networking.

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