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Digital Wildfires: respond now at the Digital Catapult!

12th January 2016


The Digital Wildfires project (University of Oxford) and the CaSMa project (University of Nottingham) are organizing a one-day workshop to discuss the impact of (provocative) social media content, the (responsible) use of social media data and the balance between concerns over the harms cause by social media posts with the rights to freedom of speech.

Our showcase workshop brings together researchers and key stakeholders from government, law enforcement, commerce, education and civil society to foster debate on these important questions. The workshop will include:
• speaker presentations
• a discussion roundtable
• a youth panel
• a keynote address by Baroness Beeban Kidron, founder of the iRights campaign for children and young people
• viewing of artwork produced on the theme of Digital Wildfires
• opportunities for networking and debate
• lunch and refreshments provided.


Preliminary Programme

Digital Wildfire: respond now at the Digital Catapult!

  • 10.15 – 10.40
    Arrival and coffee
  • 10.40 – 10.50
    Welcome – Marina Jirotka, University of Oxford
  • 10.50 – 11.10
    – Introduction to Digital Wildfire project – Marina Jirotka, University of Oxford
    – Introduction to CaSMa project – Ansgar Koene, University of Nottingham
  • 11.10 – 12.15
    Keynote address: Baroness Beeban Kidron – iRights
    Introduced by Elvira Perez Vallejos, University of Nottingham
  • 12.15 – 13.15
  • 13.15 -15.45
    Panel presentations: Order of presentations tbc.
    – Dhiraj Murthy, Goldsmiths College
    – Anna Jönsson, Kick it Out
    – Iain Bourne, Information Commissioner’s Office
    – Rob Procter, University of Warwick
    – Marion Oswald, University of Winchester
    – Carl Miller, Demos
    – Tom Sorell, University of Warwick
    Panels chaired by William Housley, Cardiff University and Bernd Stahl, De Montfort University
  • 15.45-16.15
    Coffee break
  • 16.15 – 17.15
    Discussion roundtable: The responsible governance of social media
    – Paul Giannasi, Ministry of Justice
    – Adam Edwards, Cardiff University
    – Penny Duquenoy, University of Middlesex
    – Gabrielle Guillemin, Article 19
    Roundtable chaired by Tom Rodden, University of Nottingham
  • 17.15-18.00
    Youth panel: Panel chaired by Elvira Perez Vallejos, University of Nottingham
  • 18.00 – 18.10
    Closing remarks – Marina Jirotka, University of Oxford
  • 18.10 – 19.00
    Drinks and viewing session for youth panel entries and Digital Wildfire project artwork

The event is free to attend, but places are limited and it is necessary to register. If you would like to attend, please contact helena.webb@cs.ox.ac.uk


12th January 2016
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Dr Helena Webb
Dr Elvira Perez Vallejos


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