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Are Elections Safe and Do They Matter?

June 9 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

FREE but booking required - see entry for details
  • Date and time:Sunday 9 June 2024, 3.30pm to 5pm
  • Location:In-person only
    Ron Cooke Hub, Campus East, University of York (Map)
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Admission:Free admission, booking required

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In the digital age in which we now live, there are more and more influences on the election process than ever before. With former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan able to galvanize supporters while behind bars, and AI-generated images and voice technology used in political campaign videos from the Republican National Committee to attack President Joe Biden and dissuade voters from supporting him, what will the impact of these technologies be on election results?

How significant is the output of such elections anyway when global corporations and high-net-worth individuals are becoming increasingly powerful and asserting their own agenda?

Our expert speakers include Carl Miller who co-founded the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at Demos – the first UK think tank institute dedicated to studying the digital world. Carl will examine AI, social media and online disinformation, while Indrajit Roy of the University of York’s Department of Politics and International Relations will discuss the value of democracy and what countries can do to protect it.

This event is part of the Festival Focus ‘2024: A new world order?’ presented in collaboration with the Morrell Centre for Legal and Political Philosophy. You may also be interested in Global Security in a Year of Elections’ and The Rise of the Global South’ which are taking place the same day.

About the speakers

Carl Miller co-founded the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at Demos, the first UK think tank institute dedicated to studying the digital world. For the past nine years, he’s been its Research Director, building new machine learning-driven approaches to robustly study online life and has written over 20 major studies spanning online electoral interference, radicalisation, digital politics, conspiracy theories, cyber-crime, and Internet governance. His debut book, The Death of the Gods: The New Global Power Grab (Penguin Random House, 2018) won the 2019 Transmission Prize. He presents programmes for the BBC’s flagship technology show, Click and has written for Wired, New Scientist, the Sunday Times, the Telegraph and the Guardian. He’s a Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College London, a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Strategic Dialogue, a Fellow at the Global Initiative against Transnational Organised Crime, an Associate of the Imperial War Museum and a member of the Society Board of the British Computing Society.

Indrajit Roy is Professor in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of York. His expertise lies in the politics of global development, with a focus on the role of hope in renewing democratic citizenship amidst the turbulence of the changing global order. He is the author, most recently, of Audacious Hope: An archive of how democracy is being saved in India, published by Westland Books and one of the editors of the Oxford University Press volume titled Rising power, limited influence: The politics of Chinese investments in Europe and the Liberal International Order. Since obtaining a doctorate in development studies, he has held the ESRC Future Research Leader Fellowship at the Oxford Department of International Development (ODID) as well as a Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) at Wolfson College, University of Oxford.  Accredited as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Indrajit has also contributed to the BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking, The Conversation, The Hindustan Times, Global Policy, The Economic Times, and Open Democracy among others.

Sam Fowles, is a barrister, author, and columnist.  Sam’s legal work involves all aspects of government power, including constitutional, international, and human rights law.  His clients include members of parliament, NGOs, individuals and SMEs. He is known for high profile political cases including Miller v Prime Minister (overturning the unlawful prorogation of parliament in 2019), Hamilton v Post Office (exposing the Post Office Horizon scandal), and the parliamentary inquiry into Voter ID. Sam recently became the first barrister in more than a decade to win a case in Parliament’s Privileges Committee, successfully defending John Nicolson MP.
Sam’s recent book Overruled: Confronting Our Vanishing Democracy in 8 Cases was described as ‘unflinching and brilliant’ (Times Literary Supplement) and was The Times “Best Law Book” of 2022. Sam writes regular columns for the Guardian, City AM, and Perspective Magazine. He appears in broadcast media including Radio 4’s “The Law Show”, Good Morning Britain, BBC Business, Times Radio, and LBC.

Jasper Jackson is an investigative journalist specialising in technology and media who is currently Technology Editor for The Bureau of Investigative Journalism. He was previously the assistant media editor of the Guardian and digital editor of the New Statesman. He has spent more than a decade writing about and applying techniques in digital media and technology.

 This event is part of York Festival of Ideas – for the full programme see https://yorkfestivalofideas.com/2024/calendar/

Details

Date:
June 9
Time:
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Cost:
FREE but booking required - see entry for details

Venue

In-person only Ron Cooke Hub, Campus East, University of York
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