Anglo-Israel Colloquium on "Ethics and Responsibility in an Interconnected World"

Friday, November 15, 2013

Jerusalem, Israel

Three-day colloquium in Jerusalem with 40 speakers from UK and Israel.

Participants included Claire Fox, director of Institute of Ideas; Times columnist David Aaronovich; Anne McElvoy, journalist and broadcaster; Martin Ivens, editor The Sunday Times; Jamie Bartlett, Demos; Norman Lewis, PwC; Charlie Beckett, director of Polis; William Dutton, Oxford Internet Institute; Matthew Eltringham, BBC news training; Lisa Harker, head of Strategy unit, NSPCC; Prof Sheizaf Rafaeli, Haifa University; Pro Niva Elkin-Koren, Haifa University; Dr. Daphna Raban, Haifa University; Oren Modai, investor and founder Net Democracy; Bob Rosenschein, founder Answers.com; Bader Mansour, entrepreneur and founder of Yafita; Haim Ravia, information lawyer; Dr Ina Blau, Open university, online behaviour;  Dr Ayelet Baram-Tsabari, Technion, education and science; Dr Limor Shifman, Hebrew University

Colloquium themes:

THEME A:  The Social Media in Open and Closed Societies. The impact of social media on governments, communities, education,  protest movements, etc.,  in the UK and Israel - and in controlled societies such as in the Middle East, the former Soviet Union, China, North Korea, Myanmar, et al; Does this impact tend to revolutionise politics and society or is its influence exaggerated?.

The Internet's role in enabling new forms of democratic behaviour and how social media impacts or influences traditional media

What might be the result in closed societies following the increased penetration of social media?  

THEME B: The Dark Side of Social Media. Pornography, enticing children, hate-speech, invasion of privacy, cyber-terrorism etc. Should we be panicking?  Are we complacent? 

Free Speech versus Protection of Privacy. 

The Protection of Children and other Vulnerable Groups

Internet and the Threat of Extremism

Where will the Digital Age take us next? What are we doing about it? New technologies, future trends, users’ behaviour