Technology engineered with empathy

Vaccine passports, regulation, safety tech, and the ongoing battle for diversity and inclusion— it’s been a big year for ethics in technology. AI is now infused in virtually every aspect of modern life, and while it’s easy to stand in awe of its capabilities, we need to think about how it fits into the world around it, about the people who build and use it and its profound impact on society.

This stage is about breaking open the algorithms, peering into the heart of the tech industry, and taking the first steps to build technology that puts humans first. Guided by the finest ethical minds, this stage features the exceptional people championing change, the researchers seeking to reign in tech overreach, and the pioneers ensuring empathy, accessibility and inclusivity are hard-coded into our technology.

Whats in it for you?

Knowledge, insights, networking & conversation, the path to change starts here


Inclusive AI

Take a tour of the roadmap to building better, safer and more inclusive AI.


Emerging Tech

Explore the intriguing implications of the whirlwind tech that emerged from the pandemic.


Diverse teams

Understand and embrace the challenge of nurturing diverse teams as a catalyst for AI that reflects the people using it.


Digital innovation

Discover what digital innovations you can use to design tech that builds in personalisation and privacy from the ground up.


Support & nurture

Learn how you can support, nurture and nudge better behaviour online for us and future generations.

Get answers to the biggest questions, including
What does AI regulation really mean for tech?
Get answers to the biggest questions, including
What harmful narratives around climate change are haunting AI design?
Get answers to the biggest questions, including
Can free speech and ethical standards truly coexist?
Get answers to the biggest questions, including
How do we save the Internet from ourselves?
Get answers to the biggest questions, including
How can companies balance ethics with good business?

Meet the speakers

Wendy Hall

Regius Professor of Computer Science & Executive Director Web Institute University of Southampton Ethics & Society

See the Agenda

9:59 am - 10:04 am 14th June 2021 MC

5 minutes to open the stage and intro the first session

10:00 am - 10:45 am 14th June 2021
Curated with: Ada Lovelace Institute
Vaccine passports and the next generation of digital infrastructure

As the pandemic response moves into vaccine distribution, vaccine certification and health status applications are being offered as a promising digital tool to enable freedoms. But what are the...

11:00 am - 11:40 am 14th June 2021
Curated with: Ada Lovelace Institute
How do we get biometric-based technologies right in the future?

Biometrics technologies like facial and gait recognition systems are a source of ongoing controversy. Are there ways to design and build these systems to serve the needs of people they affect...

12:00 pm - 12:40 pm 14th June 2021
Curated with: Ada Lovelace Institute
What does the future hold for regulating social media?

In the last year, sweeping new powers have been proposed for UK and EU regulators to audit, inspect and assess social media platforms. Similar discussions are underway in the USA. But what will...

2:00 pm - 2:40 pm 14th June 2021
Curated with: Ada Lovelace Institute
Closing the data divide: COVID 19 and beyond

During the pandemic, the digital divide has had an onward effect on who can be represented by, and has agency to shape, data-driven technologies – at a time when tech has been accelerated...

3:00 pm - 3:40 pm 14th June 2021 Queer-tech: Designing for diversity

Diversity and the number of identities in the LGBTQIA+ community makes algorithmic design, decision-making and prediction exceptionally difficult. Particularly when people identify as queer or...

5:00 pm - 5:40 pm 14th June 2021 The future of AI: Views from history

We hear from Dr Richard Staley, Dr Sarah Dillon, and Dr Jonnie Penn, co-organisers of an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar on the ‘Histories of Artificial Intelligence.’...

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm 14th June 2021
Curated with: Ada Lovelace Institute
Can you do ethical research in a corporate environment?

The last decade has seen a rise in ethical principles seeking to carve a path for governments and industry to develop safe and responsible technology. This movement spawned teams like Google’s...

6:40 pm - 6:45 pm 14th June 2021 MC

5 minutes to close the stage at the end of the final session

10:00 am - 10:40 am 15th June 2021
Curated with: NHSX
Improving the trustworthiness of AI systems in health and care

Numerous tools have been developed to audit and assess algorithms, which could be used in health and care to improve the trustworthiness of AI systems. This session will look at how this could...

11:00 am - 11:40 am 15th June 2021 SafetyTech: Tackling the toxic web

How can we create more safety in an online world of discrimination? Part of the answer is in bridging the gaps between technologists, policymakers, researchers and users. Never has this been...

12:00 pm - 12:40 pm 15th June 2021 AI and discrimination: How fair are bias detection tests?

The EU commission recently published the Artificial Intelligence Act – the world’s first comprehensive framework to regulate AI. The new proposal has several provisions that require bias testing...

1:00 pm - 1:40 pm 15th June 2021
Curated with: Open Data Institute
Assuring data and AI

As the AI sector matures there has been increasing discussion on how ‘assurance’ tools such as audits, certification, and impact assessments might help to ensure AI deployment is...

2:00 pm - 2:40 pm 15th June 2021 We’re all developing now: AI and geopolitical inclusion

To what extent is the developing world “at the table” for AI policy, and what can be done to improve that? As the world transitions towards new models of AI governance, rebalancing...

3:00 pm - 3:40 pm 15th June 2021
Curated with: BT
If it’s not diverse, it’s not ethical

The Alan Turing Institute’s Women in Data Science and AI project that launched earlier this year highlighted a striking scarcity of quality data on the gendered nature of data science and AI...

5:00 pm - 5:40 pm 15th June 2021 Fixing search and fixing privacy

As our relationship with the internet becomes more and more personalized, it’s becoming harder for us to protect our privacy, as our every move is being detected, tracked, and sold off in...

6:00 pm - 6:40 pm 15th June 2021 Trust in autonomous systems

AI has the potential to influence our choices, opinions and our access to resources. It’s already used to select job applicants, choose a cancer treatment approach and even optimise insurance...

10:00 am - 10:40 am 16th June 2021
Curated with: Faculty
AI safety: Today and tomorrow

AI is only getting more powerful. There is huge potential for it to significantly improve our daily lives, but, if badly implemented, could lead to issues like gender-biased algorithms and...

11:00 am - 11:40 am 16th June 2021 Antiracism within AI research

Despite what we learn about scientific neutrality and objectivity, science has a long history of legitimising and perpetuating racism. This history plays an important role in how we understand...

12:00 pm - 12:40 pm 16th June 2021
Curated with: BBC and Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation
Down with doomscrolling: Improving recommendation algorithms

Designing digital services is difficult, and there’s plenty of evidence of bad practice and filter bubbles that disempower or frustrate users online. This session explores how we can deliver...

2:00 pm - 2:40 pm 16th June 2021 Collective imagination: Making and imagining alternatives

Innovation happens all around us all the time- in the ways we live our lives, solve problems, and make use of tools and technology. When we centre “innovation practice” in labs and...

3:00 pm - 3:40 pm 16th June 2021
Curated with: Open Data Institute and Accenture
What is good data?

Data touches everything in our everyday lives, and we can either embrace it or reject it. While there’s no shortage of privacy issues surrounding the use of personal data, there’s also huge...

Our Partners

Our leading agenda is co-curated with CogX Festival partners

Ada Lovelace Institute

Editorial Partner

The Ada Lovelace Institute is a research institute and deliberative body dedicated to ensuring that data and AI work for people and society. Our core belief is that the benefits of data and AI must be justly and equitably distributed, and must enhance individual and social wellbeing.

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Open Data Institute

Editorial Partner

At the ODI, our mission is to work with companies and governments to build an open, trustworthy data ecosystem.

We want a world where data works for everyone. This means getting data to those who need it, particularly in response to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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Editorial Partner

NHSX is a joint unit bringing together teams from the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England and NHS Improvement to drive the digital transformation of care.

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” We need to link the clever brain to the human heart. “

— Jane Goodall, Primatologist and Environmentalist (CogX 2020)