Adrian Cheok Speaker at EU Event in Brussels – Ethics in the Digital World – A Closer Look at Clouds, Big Data and the Internet of Things


Event: Ethics in the Digital World – A Closer Look at Clouds, Big Data and the Internet of Things

Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Time: Registration and welcome drink 15.00, seminar 15:30 – 17:00, mingle until 19:00
Venue: L’Atelier, 28 rue Franklin, 1000 Brussels

Confirmed Speakers

  • Nicole Dewandre, Advisor for societal issues to the Director General, DG CONNECT, EU Commission
  • Peter Warren and Jane Whyatt, Technology journalists and authors of the report Making the Digital World Ethical
  • Dr Murray Shanahan, Professor of Cognitive Robotics, Imperial College London
  • Dr Adrian Cheok, Professor of Pervasive Computing, London’s City University
  • Moderator: Per Strömbäck, Editor Netopia

Please RSVP to Seats are limited.

The emergence of the cloud services, big data and the internet of things could be one of the greatest boons to humankind in history, enabling a paradigm-shift in quality of life. The bad news is that there could be a downside. The development has profound implications for us in terms of surveillance, privacy and consumer rights.

  • Will we humans remain in control of the process, or will the process begin to control us?
  • Where do human rights such as privacy stand?
  • Can or should a system of ethics be imposed on computer software and the internet of things itself?
  • Are existing legal frameworks and approaches able to adapt to the coming machine age?
  • What rules will govern the makers of the machines and the ‘Lords of the Clouds’?

In the midst of the complex and often exciting technical changes that are being developed to help the human condition, we should ensure that humanity itself is not left out of the equation. Netopia invites to an afternoon of discussion, report presentation and mingle.