Queen Elizabeth II Centre Broad Sanctuary London, SW1P 3EE
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Join Prof. Gina Neff at Thomson Reuters Foundation’s annual Trust Conference to discuss the power balance and risks between digital technology, society and humanity.

15:15 BST

Wednesday 26 October 2022

Queen Elizabeth II Centre Broad Sanctuary London, SW1P 3EE

The ubiquity of technology has seen data rights fast become an essential facet of human rights.

Yet while both online and offline laws and policies enacted to protect us are guided by the same principles of privacy, freedom from exploitation and safety, can they effectively safeguard our values as human beings while protecting our rights as digital consumers?

Some argue that the emphasis on collection and application of data risks reducing real people to numbers.

Meanwhile as we venture deeper into new digital frontiers such as the metaverse, and increasingly deploy machine learning solutions to reduce our reliance on human interventions, our autonomy is being compromised by technological abstractions.

Have we got the power balance between digital technology, society and humanity right – and if not, what is at risk?

About Trust Conference

Trust Conference is the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s annual event, dedicated to tackling the gravest issues of our time at the intersection of socio-economic inclusion, sustainability, media freedom and human rights.


-Gina Neff, Executive Director, Minderoo Centre for Technology & Democracy, University of Cambridge

-Gabriela Ramos, Assistant Director-General for the Social and Human Sciences UNESCO

-Elizabeth Renieris, Senior Research Associate, Oxford Institute for Ethics in AI