Could we harness data to defeat a future pandemic, or to predict future crime?Wed, 1 July 2020 19:30 – 20:30 CEST online

About this Event

Our daily digital ThinkIns are exclusively for Tortoise members and their guests.

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The world is increasingly virtual. Even before Covid-19, we were playing, working and socialising online more than ever before. The coronavirus has turbocharged this transition. But what kinds of threats will we face as our lives move further onto the cloud? How will governments and private companies protect us from cyber attacks, identity thefts and data abuses? 

Conversely, are we safer in a virtual world – which, after all, has fewer physical threats and no violent crime? Could we harness data to defeat a future pandemic, or to predict future crime? 

In this brave new world, do we trust private companies to protect us through technology alone – or do we need governments and regulators to guarantee our safety?

Chair: Alexi Mostrous, Editor and Partner, Tortoise

This ThinkIn is in partnership with Darktrace.

Our special guests include:

Carl Miller, Research Director, Centre for the Analysis of Social Media, Demos

Ivana Bartoletti, Co-Founder, Women Leading in AI; Author, An Artificial Revolution: On Power, Politics and AI

Andrew Tsonchev, Director of Technology, Darktrace

How does a digital ThinkIn work?

A digital ThinkIn is like a video conference, hosted by a Tortoise editor, that takes place at the advertised time of the event. Digital ThinkIns are new to Tortoise. Now that our newsroom has closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, we feel it’s more important than ever that we ‘get together’ to talk about the world and what’s going on.

The link to join the conversation will be emailed to you after you have registered for your ticket to attend. When you click the link, you enter the digital ThinkIn and can join a live conversation from wherever you are in the world. 

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What is a Tortoise ThinkIn?

A ThinkIn is not another panel discussion. It is a forum for civilised disagreement. It is a place where everyone has a seat at the (virtual) table. It’s where we get to hear what you think, drawn from your experience, energy and expertise. It is the heart of what we do at Tortoise.

How we work with partners 

We want to be open about the business model of our journalism, too. At Tortoise, we don’t take ads. We don’t want to chase eyeballs or sell data. We don’t want to add to the clutter of life with ever more invasive ads. We think that ads force newsrooms to produce more and more stories, more and more quickly. We want to do less, better.

Our journalism is funded by our members and our partners. We are establishing Founding Partnerships with a small group of businesses willing to back a new form of journalism, enable the public debate, share their expertise and communicate their point of view. Those companies, of course, know that we are a journalistic enterprise. Our independence is non-negotiable. If we ever have to choose between the relationship and the story, we’ll always choose the story.

We value the support that those partners give us to deliver original reporting, patient investigations and considered analysis.

We believe in opening up journalism so we can examine issues and develop ideas for the 21st Century. We want to do this with our members and with our partners. We want to give everyone a seat at the table.


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