Prestige Lecture: Big Data and Democracy by Timandra Harkness
Refreshments from 6 pm, Lecture starts at 7 pm
We hear more and more about the role of data in political campaigning, and how it is transforming democracy. Some see this as a positive tool to help campaigners connect with an electorate who no longer feel loyalty to political parties. Others see it as a pernicious influence, evading traditional regulation and eroding public debate. How do new data-driven techniques work, and how much should we worry about them?
Broadcaster and author of Big Data: Does Size Matter, Timandra Harkness unpacks the history, technology and philosophy of big data-driven democracy, and asks some awkward questions about where it’s taking us.
In order for BSL users to have access to this exciting event, the lecture will be interpreted by Elvire Roberts, RSLI. Elvire is one of only 1217 Registered Sign Language Interpreters in England and Wales, which in a recent random sampling were found to contain a high percentage of cat, dog and chicken owners.
By rail: A bus service (Sprint) runs from Loughborough train station directly to campus. The bus stop closest to Edward Herbert is the stop for Computer Sciences.
By car: Arriving from the M1 J23, continue straight down Ashby Road until you reach the second roundabout. Take the third exit onto Epinal Way, where the main entrance will be on the right. Follow University Road until you see the first set of buildings on the right, the lecture theatre will be in this vicinity (see map below for parking).
By Bicycle: There are several bike racks close to the lecture theatre (see maps on next page).
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