Power & Responsibility Summit

9 October 2019, British Library

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

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

Speakers include

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

Catherine Mayer

Executive Director, Datum Future (photo by Leo Cackett)

Jacqueline de Rojas CBE

President, techUK

Kate Russell

Tech Reporter

Richard Sergeant photo
Richard Sargeant

Chief Commercial Officer, Faculty

Umesh Pandya

Design and Product Director, 87%

Prof Larissa Suzuki

Associate Professor, Dept. Computer Science, UCL

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Ben Leonard

Co-founder and CEO, FirstHomeCoach

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

Photograph of Rachel Neaman
Rachel Neaman

Strategy Advisor, DigitalAgenda

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Jess Tyrrell

Digital Advisor

Eva Appelbaum

Co-founder and Partner, Arc Group

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

Network Membership

Summit tickets include 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]

Register your place

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 starts

9:25 AM Summit Introduction and the DigitalAgenda Report Discussion

9:45 AM Theme #1: Power and the Economy

10:00 AM “Speech: Tech for good, profit with purpose”

10:15 AM Panel discussion: Power, Responsibility and the Economy

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 returns 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.

Past Summit

The 2018 summit looked at the digital changes taking place across society and the economy. It covered critical themes including privacy, online safety, trust, developer ethics and fake news.

We looked at the challenges that these issues present, and the policy and technology solutions to them. We asked if regulation is the answer – or if technology itself holds the answers to the problems its application has created.

We’ve produced a Power & Responsibility discussion paper, taking forward issues debated at the summit. The paper is open for public comment until Wednesday 31 October.

Attendees joined us from across business, startups, big tech, policymakers, think tanks, charities, academic and consumer groups. We built in time for people who come to connect and learn from each other.

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2018 speakers included

Andrew Keen


Chi Onwurah MP

Labour industry

Jamie Bartlett


Sonia Livingstone

LSE Truth Trust and Technology Commission

Tom Kibasi


Katie O’Donovan


Jonnie Penn

Berkman Klein Center for Society and Internet at Harvard University

Sue Daley


Oliver Buckley


Emma Prest

DataKind UK

Peter Trainor

Us Ai

Julie Dawson


Simon Gunning

Campaign Against Living Miserably

Casey Calista


Jeremy Silver

Digital Catapult

Katz Kiely

Kiely & Co

Dom Hallas


Jess Tyrrell

Digital advisor

Matt Haworth

Reason Digital

Imogen Parker

Ada Lovelace Institute

Adam Thilthorpe


Adah Parris

Friday Club London

Oli Barrett

Tenner, StartUp Britain

Kajal Odedra

Change.org UK

Eva Appelbaum

Arc Group

Mark McGinn


Louise Marston


Rob McCargow


Nick Taylor


Carla Baker


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