Does the UK need a Digital Bill of Rights? - Big Brother Watch event during Lib Dem Conference (25/09/23)

The enormous technological changes taking place can help us innovate in the fields of health, transport and communication. But these same advances threaten the emergence of an era of AI-driven harms, where new, automated tools can oppress and stifle human rights.

The Government is ripping up data protection legislation, creating new laws to snoop on our private messages and giving backing to facial recognition surveillance systems that will turn us all into walking ID cards.

What is the liberal and democratic approach to digital rights? As other jurisdictions implement AI Acts and facial recognition bans, is it time that the UK had its own Digital Bill of Rights?

Chairing the event is Silkie Carlo, Director of Big Brother Watch, with speakers including Lord Clement-Jones, Liberal Democrat Digital spokesperson in the House of Lords, Jim Killock, Director of Open Rights Group and Ruth Elrich, Head of Policy and Campaigns at Liberty.

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Date and time
Mon, 25 September 2023
13:00 - 14:00 GMT

Hilton Hotel
Terrace Road

The Ministry of Truth at the Science Museum (22/03/23)

Silkie Carlo, Big Brother Watch's Director, will be speaking at the Science Museum on the 22nd of March, 2023. She will be discussing the revelations from Big Brother Watch's latest report, Ministry of Truth, and what became the new frontier of information warfare during the COVID-19 crisis.

This event will be hosted at the reading room of Dana Research Centre and Library, at 165 Queen's Gate, SW7 5HD. Please access the building from Queen's Gate entrance. You can not access Dana Research Centre and Library from the Science Museum's main entrance on Exhibition Road.

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Date and time
Wed, 22 March 2023
17:30 – 19:00 GMT

Dana Research Centre and Library
165 Queen's Gate

FSU In-Depth: Disinformation, Misinformation and the Freedom to Dissent (27/03/23)

So-called disinformation and misinformation have been singled out by many governments, institutions, charities and commercial businesses as a threat to democracy, requiring widespread censorship. Is this a genuine concern, or just an excuse to suppress dissenting points of view on issues like the lockdowns, mRNA vaccines, the war in Ukraine and climate change? And even if the threat is real and the concern genuine, how can we trust these agents to accurately identify disinformation and misinformation?

We bring together a panel of experts including the publisher of the Ministry of Truth report, Silkie Carlo of Big Brother Watch, writer and broadcaster Timandra Harkness, and two of those identified by a 77th Brigade whistleblower as having been flagged for disseminating content critical of Covid policies, the journalist Peter Hitchens and FSU General Secretary Toby Young.

Join us, in-person or online, to discuss what lessons we should learn about how to counter this threat to free speech and defend the right to dissent.

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Date and time
Wed, 27 March 2023
19:30 - 21:30 GMT

The Hall, the Art Workers' Guild
6 Queen Square

You can also attend the event on Zoom