Digital detox: Should we put our smartphones away?

Organised by the Battle of Ideas festival, London. Turn off your mobile phone, they say! Resist the next tweet! Stop instagramming, or continually chatting with your mates. Our devices demand constant attention in the form of alerts, vibrations and notifications. As Julia Hobsbawm, author of Fully Connected: Social Health in an Age of Overload, has noted, Continue Reading

Panel: Beyond Email – The Next Generation of Solutions

Organised by Information Overload Research Group. For this year’s “Information Overload Day” on October 15th, the Information Overload Research Group is sponsoring an online Webinar featuring speakers that are focusing on the specialized topics of “Beyond Email – The Next Generation of Solutions”. Topics and Presenters: Welcome – Nathan Zeldes, President IORG and Founder of Continue Reading

Panel debate The Future of Work: How RPA, AI and Automation is Transforming the Workplace

Organised by VAULT DIGITAL WORKPLACE Conference 8 – 9 October, London Understanding what the technologies do separately and how they can bring maximum outcomes to the workforce.The future of work, and implications for businesses, workers and societies.The role of digital workers in a new era of productivity and innovation.How businesses and workers can be competitive in Continue Reading

Oxford Union Debate: From sexting to screen-addicts: should we be afraid of online harms?

Organised by Oxfordshire Debating Matters & Oxford Festival of the Arts In April of this year, the government announced it was planning to fine or block websites and apps if they fail to take strong action against a range of so-called ‘online harms’. The government is seeking to enforce strict standards on the internet, including Continue Reading


SUNDAY 14 OCTOBER, 13:10—13:50, GARDEN ROOM, Barbican Centre, London Originally published on Battle of Ideas festival. In recent years, social media have become the focus of debates about free speech, and the issue is rapidly coming to a head. Last October, a conservative outlet, Prager University, sued Google for demonetising its videos on YouTube. Prager claimed that Continue Reading