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Big questions for big tech

Big tech has the potential to help us tackle some of society’s most pressing challenges, but it can also have harmful or unpredictable impacts on those same areas. Big tech’s impact – positive or negative – is not confined to any one country or sector, meaning policymakers may need to take a new kind of approach.

How can the UK’s policy response navigate this uncharted territory? And how can policymakers bring diverse communities and industries with them?

How might sectors and ecosystems need to evolve? And what partnerships, roles, skills and capacities will be need to do this?

Where can the UK develop or exercise its international leadership? And where is international cooperation urgently needed?

And, what does big tech need from policymakers so that it can fulfil its positive potential in economy and society?

About the event

Join Susannah Storey (Director General for Digital and Media Policy in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) and Dr Mahlet Zimeta (Head of Public Policy at the ODI) as they discuss the global challenges and opportunities around big tech, and the ways in which policymakers are responding to those challenges.

Join us beside the picturesque Regent’s Canal to hear from high-profile speakers, take part in important data conversations and connect with other leading thinkers.

This is an in-person event held at Kings Place, King’s Cross, London. A light lunch will be provided.

Tickets for the ODI Canalside Chats are free, but places are limited – get your ticket now.

About the speakers

Susannah Storey is the Director General (DG) for Digital and Media Policy in the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and has held a number of senior roles in the UK civil service.

Prior to this role, Susannah was DG at the Department for Exiting the European Union. Before joining DExEU, she held a number of roles at BEIS, DECC and UK Government Investments and previously had a career in investment banking.

Dr Mahlet (Milly) Zimeta is the Head of Public Policy at the ODI. She is an expert in data policy and many aspects of artificial intelligence. She also maintains a watching brief over data ethics, data skills, data governance and data infrastructure.

Milly previously worked as Senior Policy Adviser at the Royal Society and Programme Manager at the Alan Turing Institute. She also worked at the Medical Research Council and served on an Advisory Group at Chatham House, as well as working with Terry Waite to set up an NGO that deals with kidnapping and hostage crises.

Covid-19 information

To keep everyone safe, we prefer participants to wear a face covering while not eating or drinking. Speakers will not be wearing face covering.

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