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The RSA hosts one of the world’s leading public events programmes, delivering over 100 lectures, talks, screenings and debates a year. These events provide a platform for our most exciting public thinkers, and encourage intelligent exploration of today’s most urgent social challenges. Our public programme welcomes speakers from across the world and across disciplines – all united by a belief in the power of ideas to inspire and motivate social change. All of the audio files are recordings of talks in our public events programme.


Transparency and the Open Society

September 23rd, 2016

Episode 440 of 494 episodes

What are the benefits and risks of the increasing scale and power of data assets controlled by governments and corporations? In a time of rapid advances in machine learning and artificial intelligence, if we are to make better use of the vast quantities of data produced by new technologies - from gene sequencing to driverless cars – it’s crucial to mitigate the risks as well as embracing the advantages of Big Data. Roger Taylor, writer and chair of the Open Public Services Network at the RSA, joins other key players to discuss the need to understand the scale of the information about ourselves held by governments and corporations, and to ensure that this access is constantly open to democratic challenge.

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