Martin Moore and Jamie Susskind Chaired by Ian Goldin


Academic Dr Martin Moore and barrister Jamie Susskind look at how technological advance is impacting democracy and freedom. Is democracy safe from online exploitation by authoritarian regimes, hackers and moneyed elites? How far should our lives be directed and controlled by powerful digital systems?


Moore, director of the Centre for the Study of Media, Communication and Power, is author of Democracy Hacked: Political Turmoil and Information Warfare in the Digital Age. He shows how hackers are able to interfere in our democratic system and provoke swings of opinion and explains what we need to do to protect ourselves.


Susskind, a practising barrister, is author of Future Politics: Living Together in a World Transformed by Tech. He argues that rapid innovation in technologies such as artificial intelligence and virtual reality will transform the way we live. Those who control them will hold great power over us, shaping what we think and do. Susskind proposes ways we can take back control.


Discussions are chaired by Professor Ian Goldin, founding director and senior fellow of the Oxford Martin School, professor of globalisation and development at the University of Oxford, and a former vice-president of the World Bank.