Archive for the ‘Events’ Category

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Events: Mind Control lecture with Margaret Heffernan

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

23 January Lecture at 7pm

Events Autumn 2012

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

A few upcoming events…

Friday 12 October 2012 – 8pm Wells Literary Festival
Wells, England

I’ll be speaking on the opening day of the Wells Literary Festival. For more information and to book tickets check out the Wells Festival website.

Monday 22 October 2012 – 7pm – Off the Shelf Festival of Words
Sheffield, England

I’ll be talking about the revolutionary aspect of digitising information and how it’s changing politics and power around the world at Off the Shelf. Click here for more information and to book tickets.

Monday to Wednesday 29 – 31st October, 2012 – Power Reporting Conference
Wits University, Johannesburg, South Africa

I’ll be speaking and doing hands-on teaching sessions at this conference, the leading investigative journalism conference in Africa. If you live anywhere nearby then I’d urge you to come along. There is a fantastic line-up of journalists who have done some stellar investigations both in Africa and abroad. For more information visit the Power Reporting website.

TED Global 2012: Radical Openness

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

I’m speaking at the TED Global 2012 conference in Edinburgh on Thursday 26th June.

The theme of the conference is Radical Openness. Looking forward to hearing some interesting ideas!

UPDATE: While I don’t yet know when the talk will go online, there is a blog post about it on the TED website.

Event: Sydney Writers Festival 2012

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

I’m speaking at the Sydney Writers Festival this week. Here are the debates I’m participating in:

  • Journalism 2.0 – Is journalism different in the digital age?

  • MYOB – Does it matter that we have surrendered our privacy to Google and social media sites?
  • You Must Have Something to Hide – Where should we, as a society, should draw the line between public and private?
  • Imagined Futures – Europe is in trouble. Can it be saved?

Look forward to seeing some of you there!

Upcoming Events in March

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

I’ve been rather remiss in updating my blog. Here are a few upcoming events:

Saturday-Sunday March 17-18 – Guardian Investigative Journalism Masterclass
Time: 10:00-5:00pm

Paul Lewis and I are back to teach journalists, lawyers, campaigners, authors and others the tricks of the investigative journalism trade. We’ve added a beefed up section on understanding company accounts and tracking assets as well as a section on keeping sources safe from online and other forms of surveillance. Our previous courses sold out quickly so if you want to attend sign up soon.

Location: Guardian offices, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9GU
Book a place or get more information

Saturday 10 March 2012 – TEDxWarwick 2012
Time: 10:00am – 6:00pm

I’ll be speaking in the morning half of this all-day event at Warwick University. TEDx is a spin-off of the prestigious TED talks, a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. The theme of the conference is Global Challenges and I’ll be giving a talk entitled, ‘The beginning of the end of the free internet’.

Location: The Arts Centre’s Butterworth Hall
Book tickets & more information

Thursday 08 March – Bath Literary Festival
Time: 6.15pm – 7.15pm
Everything is Digital

This is my second year at this book festival in the beautiful city of Bath. I’ll be talking about The Revolution Will Be Digitised, taking questions from the audience and signing books afterwards.
Location: Bath Guildhall
Book tickets & more information

Date: Wednesday 29 February 2012 – LSE Literary Festival
Time: 6.30-8:00pm
Censorship in an Age of Freedom

I’ll be at the London School of Economics Literary Festival speaking on censorship with author Nick Cohen (You Can’t Read This Book) and director of POLIS Charlie Beckett. We’ll be talking about the censorship and secrecy that abounds in an age of information overload. With a multitude of online voices do we know more than before? Are we closer to the truth? Or are we becoming more susceptible to propaganda and spin?

Location: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building
Book tickets & more information here
This event is now fully booked but there may be returns and I will certainly be happy to sign books afterwards.

Wednesday 29 February 2012 – Open Justice
Time: 09:00am – 2:00pm
Justice Wide Open: Open justice in the digital age

I’ll be speaking at this Centre for Law, Justice & Journalism seminar. This is a free, half-day event accredited with 3 CPD points and will discuss issues around access to courts and judicial information in the 21st century. More information on the event here. The event is currently full but you can go on the waiting list.

Location: College Building, St John Street, London EC1V 0HB, UK

Upcoming Events

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

Tuesday 27 September – 6pm-7pm – Bristol Festival of Ideas
I’ll be speaking about The Revolution Will be Digitised and signing books afterwards.
Book tickets and more info here.

Wednesday 28 September – 6pm-7pm – Chatham House
People, Politics & Power: How Digitization is Changing Our World

Richard Sambrooke (former director of BBC News and BBC World Service) will chair this event at Chatham House. Suddenly a seemingly powerless individual can, through interactive global networks, effectively challenge powerful individuals and institutions. The speaker, an award-winning writer, journalist and freedom of information activist, will argue that those in the establishment may see this new empowerment of individuals as dangerous and destabilizing, and as a threat to national security, believing in consequence that the internet must be controlled. Others view this phenomenon as providing a gateway to a transformed political arena. The speaker will contend that the greater danger to humanity is not free speech but the concentration of power.
Book tickets and more info here.

New events added

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

I’ve added three new listings to events page. If you were hoping to come along to the Edinburgh International Book Festival I’m afraid it’s already sold out.

Thursday 12 August – 7.00pm – Frontline Club
Saturday 21 August – 12:00-1:00pm – Edinburgh International Book Festival
Monday 13 September – 7:00-8:30pm – Westminster Skeptics, London

Speaking at Hay Literary Festival May 29th

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

For many years I’ve attended the Hay Literary Festival as an audience member. For the first time this year I am a speaker. Wahay!

I’ll be Event Number 67 on Saturday 29th May at 7.00 pm speaking about my latest book, The Silent State, with the writer and lawyer Philippe Sands. The event is being held in the Guardian Stage and I’ll be vying to pack it out despite some heavy competition from such literary luminaries as Alain de Botton, David Mitchell, Grayson Perry and Jerry Hall (eh?).

You can buy tickets in advance here and there will be a book signing event afterward.

Speaking on surveillance at RSA 15th April

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

I’ll be speaking at the RSA about “Secrets, Surveillance and the state of British Democracy” at 1pm on 15th April 2010. The event is chaired by Matthew Taylor the RSA’s chief executive.

This event is already FULLY BOOKED but you can join the waiting list.

More information here.