Power & Responsibility Summit

The inaugural one-day DigitalAgenda summit on regulation, trust and the unintended consequences of the digital age took place on 4 October at the British Library, London.

Read the discussion paper


“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 

What was the summit about?

Power & Responsibility debated regulation, trust and the unintended consequences of the digital age. And it explored the technology response to the challenges before us.

Check out photographs from the summit day, by Fran Hales.

The 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.

Read the discussion paper and add your comments.

Summit strikes chord on downside tech
Ten ways from fear to human tech.

Check out who spoke at the summit below. Read their full biographies here.


2018 speakers included

Andrew Keen

Andrew Keen

Chi Onwurah MP

Chi Onwurah MP
Labour industry

Jamie Bartlett, Demos

Jamie Bartlett

Tom Kibasi, IPPR

Tom Kibasi

Katie O'Donovan, Google

Katie O’Donovan
@GoogleUK ‏

Jonnie Penn

Jonnie Penn
Berkman Klein Center for Society and Internet at Harvard University

Oliver Buckley

Oliver Buckley

Peter Trainor

Peter Trainor
Us Ai

Julie Dawson, Yoti

Julie Dawson

Eva Appelbaum

Eva Appelbaum
Arc Group

Mark McGinn, Edelman

Mark McGinn

Rob McCargow, PwC

Rob McCargow

Nick Taylor, Unmind

Nick Taylor

Carla Baker

Carla Baker

Who came?

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.

Event opportunities

We were working with some brilliant speakers and partners on this event. Would you like to join them next year? Find out more and get in touch via marketing@digital-agenda.co.uk

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