Science, Security and the Future of Freedom

Science, Security and the Future of Freedom

Wednesday 3rd June 2015 – All day event

Venue: MS.01. Maths Building, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/pais/research/clusters/irs/wif/event/

The twenty-first century will be shaped by cyber security. In 2012, the world sent over eight trillion text messages. In five years time, everything we buy in a shop that costs more than $10 will have an IP address and will collect information on the world around it. Many farm animals now contain SIM cards that transmit their health status and in ten years time, equivalent body-monitoring for humans will be ubiquitous. In twenty years time we will think – then blink – and send an email. In cities like London, New York and Toronto the majority of human interactions will be recorded.  Who will secure these digital shadows of ourselves? And will they constrain us – or make us more capable and free?

Programme

10.30 – 11.00       Registration / Coffee

11.00 – 12.30       Session 1 – Open Futures

“How I learned to Stop Worrying and enjoy Surveillance”
Richard Aldrich, (Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick)

“The End of Secrecy”
Chris Moran and Melina Dobson, (Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick)

“Intelligence and the Future of Accountability”
Mark Phythian, (Politics and IS, University of Leicester)

12.30 – 13.30       Lunch

13.30 – 15.00      Session 2 – Possible Futures

“The Digital Future”
Carsten Maple, (Warwick Manufacturing Group, University of Warwick)

“The Future of Technology and Privacy”
Tom Chothia, (Computer Science, University of Birmingham)

“The Future of Resilience”,
Mark Freeman, (Business School, University of Loughborough)

15.00 – 15.30      Coffee break

15.30 – 17.00      Session 3 – Dangerous Ideas

“The Future of Digital Activism”
Athina Karatzogianni, (Media Studies, University of Leicester)

“Surveillance and Science Fiction”
Simon Willmetts, (American Studies, University of Hull)

“Science, Security and the Idea of Freedom
Andrew Hammond, (Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Warwick)

17.00                     Drinks


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