Digital Economy and Technology Events at Labour Party Conference 2017

Sunday 24th September

8:00pm
The Grand Hotel, GB2
The Barnardo’s Reception – Childhoods In A Digital World

Monday 25th September

12:30pm
Holiday Inn 137, Kings Road, Lancing 1
Is Artificial Intelligence Sexist?
Future Labour Board Member Chi Onwurah MP has been invited to this event.

12:30pm
Hilton Brighton Metropole, Hall 7, Clyde
Time To Disrupt?  An Industrial Strategy For The Digital Economy

2:15pm
British Airways i360, New Statesman Hub, Birch
A New Future!  How Artificial Intelligence And The Fourth Industrial Revolution Can Transform Britain’s Regions

5:00pm
Brighton Centre, Fujitsu Business Lounge
What Does Digital Mean For Our Industrial Strategy?
Future Labour Board Member Chi Onwurah MP has been invited to this event.

Tuesday 26th September

12:30pm
Hilton Brighton Metropole, Hall 7, Clyde
Scaling-Up Britain: Why Doesn’t The UK Have Its Own Apple Or Google?
Future Labour Board Member Chi Onwurah MP has been invited to this event.

12:30pm
Hilton Brighton Metropole, Surrey Suites 1
The Future Of The UK Data Economy After Brexit
Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Data Analytics Daniel Zeichner MP will be speaking at this event

12:45pm
Hilton Brighton Metropole – Ambassador
Digital Safety – Helping Your Constituents Get Fraud Smart

1:00pm
British Airways i360, New Statesman Hub, Birch
Securing The Future: Cyber Security For A New Age
Future Labour Board Member Chi Onwurah MP has been invited to this event.

1:15pm
Mercure Brighton Seafront Hotel, Ballroom
New Jobs, New Technologies, Same Old Solutions?  Labour, The Trade Unions And The Changing Labour Market

5:30pm
Hilton Brighton Metropole, Osborne
Tech Literacy: Setting The Next Generation Up For Success In A Digital World

5:45pm
Hilton Brighton Metropole, Durham Hall – Argyle
How Digital Technology Can Revolutionise Social Care

How far should we turn to tech in times of disaster?

Few question the role technology companies now play in our daily lives. However, in addition to responding to many of our everyday needs, tech has also now carved a growing position in disaster response.

The recent devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey has seen a number of tech companies step up. Apple has added a donation button directly into iTunes and the iOS App Store, with proceeds going toward the American Red Cross. Google added Texas and Houston-specific alerts across its products with SOS Alerts that detail emergency phone numbers, relief fundraisers and maps. Amazon added a wish list of supplies that those affected by Harvey might need, so that users can send specific items to the Red Cross in lieu of a cash donation.

So – is there anything to worry about? For some of us, our instinct is to be wary. Surely disaster management and response is so clearly a job for the government that multi-billion pound companies creeping into leadership roles makes us wary.

Such a view should be rejected. The reality is that citizens – and governments – need all the help they can get in times of such crisis. What’s more, technology companies are unusually well-placed to support disaster response. They deliver instant connectivity to a growing majority of citizens; they have enormous fundraising and donation capabilities; and they are a hub of the latest technological breakthroughs that could help us respond now, and reduce risks for next time.

Going forward, and in considering the kinds of crises that may hit us over the next year – from winter flooding to terrorism to public disorder – we should not just recognise technology companies in our planning, but look for more ways to include them. Indeed, many already do. The momentum and appetite exists – it’s up to policymakers to best harness all that tech companies can offer at times of disaster.

The contributor is a Labour Party member

Bibliography

  • ‘You can donate to Harvey storm relief through Apple’s App Store and iTunes,’ TechCrunch 27th August 2017
  • ‘How tech companies are helping Texans affected by Hurricane Harvey,’ TechCrunch, 29th August 2017

The data arms race: will Labour win?

We are living in the age of a “data” arms race. In the US “big data” was pioneered in the two Obama election campaigns. It is estimated the 2012 Obama campaign spent over $1 billion amassing and using data driven analytics. “Scraps” of data were centralised in order to understand voters. Through online transactions, supermarket purchases and social media posts a myriad of day to day online activity is logged, recorded and characteristics profiled. Via Facebook, Twitter or Reddit – if it is in the “public domain” it can be obtained. In the US political parties can now purchase data profiles of individuals in order to “target” them with campaign messages. Data can be harvested, and with the right software & resources, analysed to profile voters. This can allow political parties to create “bespoke” campaign messages, more effectively canvass and therefore GOTV (“Get out the Vote”).

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