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The Future of Safety and Security in the Digital Age

Wednesday 18 June 2014
17.00 – 19.00
(followed by a networking reception)

Bibliotheque Solvay,
Leopoldpark, Rue Belliard 137, B-1040 Brussels


The world sends 3 million emails a second. Information sharing is the basis of new businesses worth billions of pounds. Hospitals are now called to account by citizens who have, for the first time, access to big data about their poor performance. Journalists report revelations about government surveillance of our mobile phones - but are at the same time challenged about similar practices by rogue reporters.

All these things are happening now. What will we confront in ten years’ time? This event asks what will be the impact of the digital age on safety and security across Europe in 2024?

This digital revolution is accelerating and will bring remarkable liberation, but also complex new challenges for policy-makers. Astonishing access to information, mostly for free, will also raise difficult questions about data protection, privacy and access.

Policy-makers and politicians are often behind the curve on these issues, reacting to what happened yesterday. This event will ask what challenges lurk just beyond the horizon.

Symposium Structure:

The Future of Privacy and Secrecy
Richard J. Aldrich, Director of the Institute of Advanced Study, University of Warwick

The Future of Social Media
Carl Miller, the co-founder of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at Demos

The Future of the Internet
John Naughton, The Observer and Vice President of Wolfson College, Cambridge

Ethics of Cyberactivism
Tom Sorell, Head of the Interdisciplinary Ethics Research Group, University of Warwick

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