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How will AI affect the democratic process?

6:00pm-7:30pm on Wednesday 20 March

Times shown are in GMT (UTC +0) up to the 26th March. For events on or after 27th March times are in BST (UTC +1).

Cambridge Union Society, 9A Bridge Street, CB2 1UB

With elections due in many countries in 2024, including the UK, a panel of experts - Dr Ella McPherson, Associate Professor of the Sociology of New Media and Digital Technology at the University of Cambridge; Dr Melisa Basol, Research manager at Moonshot, a social impact business focused on ending online harms; Jonnie Penn, best-selling author and AI researcher at Cambridge; and journalist and author Chris Stokel-Walker - will discuss what role AI will play and how we mitigate any risks. Observer columnist Professor John Naughton, a senior research fellow in the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities at Cambridge University and Director of the Press Fellowship Programme at Wolfson College, Cambridge, will chair.

Dr Ella McPherson is Associate Professor of the Sociology of New Media and Digital Technology as well as the Anthony L. Lyster Fellow in Sociology at Queens’ College and Co-Director of the Centre of Governance and Human Rights (CGHR).

Dr Jonnie Penn is an Associate Teaching Professor of AI Ethics and Society at the University of Cambridge. He is a historian of technology, a #1 New York Times bestselling author, and public speaker.

Dr Melisa Basol is a Social Psychologist and one of Forbes' 30 under 30 Class of 2022. During her time as a Gates Scholar at the University of Cambridge, she co-developed 'Go Viral!’, a gamified intervention to combat COVID-19 misinformation and conspiracies. Melisa is currently leading the misinformation work at Moonshot, a social impact business that works to end online harms, applying evidence, ethics, and human rights.

Chris Stokel-Walker is a journalist, author, presenter and lecturer at Newcastle University. His new book, How AI Ate the World, analyses the generative AI revolution, situating the current moment in artificial intelligence’s 70-year history.

*This event will be live streamed via the Cambridge Festival YouTube channel. Booking is only required if you plan to attend in-person. Please check back here nearer the event for the live stream link or subscribe to our YouTube channel and turn on notifications.*

Booking/Registration is: REQUIRED

Additional Information

Age: Adults
Format: Talk
Timing: In person, Live Stream
Cost: Free
Event Capacity: 300
Theme: Society
Accessibility: Accessible toilet, Full access, Lift
Image copyright: wildpixel via Getty Images

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