Developments in technologies including AI, big data and the internet have transformed the way we live and work together. While this unprecedented technological evolution creates huge opportunities, it also poses significant ethical challenges. How do we ensure that individual and collective rights and freedoms remain protected? A senior representative of GCHQ and acclaimed author and barrister Jamie Susskind (The Digital Republic) discuss this in relation to international security and defence, banking, lifestyle and our political systems. Together, they consider how individuals, political leaders and policymakers can effectively govern and develop technologies and robust ethical systems, to ensure a free and fair world where we can all benefit from a digital revolution. Chaired by Julia Wheeler.

Books from the speakers in this event

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The Digital Republic: On Freedom and Democracy in the 21st Century



Town Hall, Main Hall

The Town Hall, situated on Imperial Gardens in the centre of Cheltenham comprises of a Grand Main Hall, distinguished by its Corinthian styles columns and coved ceiling. The Main Hall is accompanied by dining and drawing rooms, as well as the Pillar Room bar.

The venue’s early 20th century Edwardian elegance makes it the classic ‘shoebox’ concert hall. With a seating capacity of 900, the Town Hall is perfectly suited to grand symphony orchestra performances with a thrilling impact.

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