Citizen Beta #24: an atlas of arguments

location Newspeak House | 7 PM-10 PM Monday 03 December 2018 (BST)

The internet has democratised speech — it has given everyone a publishing platform. So how can we make sense of this explosion of material?

In this Citizen Beta we talk to Turi Munthe and Jamie Bartlett about the new projects they're working on that try to do just that. We're also joined by Cath Richardson who leads research at IF. She will be delving into designing for AI and other projects at IF.

Between us we'll be covering whether argument mining can actually map an atlas of ideas or arguments, how knowledge and information is currently stored and how that needs to change, who will actually benefit from these kinds of tools and what are the ethical pitfalls, opportunities and implications?

Doors open at 7.00pm, talks start at 7.30pm

Turi Munthe
Turi is a VC for Northbase Media. He is most recently the founder of Parli. He is also the founder of Demotix and served as its CEO. Turi has worked as Head for CNN, and at the BBC, NBC, al-Jazeera, Asahi, Reuters, Sky, you name it. He is a Publisher, Editor, Policy Analyst, Lecturer, Journalist. He has written for The Economist,, the FT, the Telegraph, the Nation and many others. He has given lectures on Iran to the Central Communist Party of China, and on erotica to the ICA. His one book is the Saddam Hussein Reader. He studied at Oxford University, the Hebrew University and NYU.

Jamie Bartlett
Jamie is the Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at the think-tank Demos, where he has become one of the UK’s leading thinkers on politics and technology. He is also author of The People Vs Tech (2018) about the relationship between technology and democracy, Radicals (2017) about political outsiders and best-selling The Dark Net (2014) about internet subcultures, which has been translated into 13 languages. His Ted Talk about how dark net technology is changing the nature of cybercrime has been viewed almost 3 million times.

Cath Richardson
Cath leads research at IF, a technology studio that specialises in ethical and practical uses of data. She brings strategy and rigour to how teams understand people’s needs and how these inform the invention of new products and technologies. With years of experience embedded in teams at Etsy and GOV.UK, Cath helps uncover people’s needs and motivations, and tests the proposition and usability of products at the early stage of their development. She ensures that IF’s work is centred around people and has a deep understanding of what it takes to design trusted services.

7.00pm – Drinks
7.30pm – Welcome and intro
7.40pm – Turi Munthe
7.50pm – Jamie Bartlett
8.00pm - Cath Richardson
8.10pm – Q&A
8.20pm – More drinks and mince pies!

Citizen Beta events are free. They are free to encourage maximum participation! When we have a sponsor we buy drinks for everyone. Unfortunately we don't have a sponsor for this event. It costs £250 to buy drinks for everyone. If you're interested in fulfilling the position of "Christmas Miracle" get in touch with Mevan or you can donate directly on Crowdfunder.




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