LIFI22: Is Social Media Ruling The World?

Sunday 25 September 2022

Limited Availability

The expansion of social media sees us spiralling towards tailored algorithms, fake news and geopolitical influence. Can the power of an instant communications system really be beneficial for humankind?

Sonia Sodha (host)
Dr Al Baker
Africa Brooke
Christopher Wylie

A Leeds International Festival of Ideas event.

  • Howard Assembly Room

Start time

1 hour 30 minutes

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About the panel

Sonia Sodha is chief leader writer at the Observer and a Guardian/Observer columnist. She also makes documentaries on economic and social issues for Radio 4, and appears regularly on the BBC, Sky News and Channel 4 as a political commentator. Having worked for high-profile think tanks and as Ed Miliband’s senior policy adviser, Sonia brings a unique perspective on policy and politics.

As the Editorial Director at misinformation-fighting tech start-up, Logically, Dr Al Baker oversees everything from fact-checking and writing to investigations and policy research. Before joining Logically, Al was an academic philosopher at the universities of Leeds, Hull and Sheffield. His philosophical interests include the ethics of communication, storytelling, artificial intelligence and moral psychology.

Africa Brooke is an internationally recognised consultant, speaker, writer and podcaster. Her work takes a close look at the complexity, mess, and glory that is the human experience. Helping people move through self-sabotage, she makes a strong case for why we need to accept discomfort as an essential part of the growth process.

Best known for his role in setting up – and taking down – Cambridge Analytica, Christopher Wylie has witnessed first-hand how culture, information and algorithms can be weaponised to undermine elections around the world. His groundbreaking story offers a compelling perspective on everything from personal data to the future of technology as a whole.

Leeds International Festival of Ideas 2022

Leeds International Festival of Ideas (LIFI) is a metropolitan celebration of new ideas and innovation, which aims to introduce the brightest minds to the city and the city to the brightest minds to discuss new ideas and the world of tomorrow.

The festival, brought to the city by LeedsBID (Leeds Business Improvement District), brings renowned names, experts in their field and some of the world’s most exciting thinkers to Leeds to share thoughts and ideas through a programme of inspiring keynote talks and thought-provoking panels, with its range of speakers just as diverse as the subject matter.

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LIFI22: Is Social Media Ruling The World?

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