The Response-ability Summit (formerly the Anthropology + Technology Conference) returns on Thursday 20 and Friday 21 May for a third year, again online, with the opportunity to learn from and connect with a “terrific selection of speakers” and delegates from across the globe who are committed to designing and building digital solutions responsibly.

This year’s event brings together scientists, researchers, and leaders in academia, business and the public sector to exchange ideas, create networks, and examine together how digital technology – including artificial intelligence – can be built, designed, and deployed responsibly without putting a brake on innovation. Bristol is a brilliant home for the summit: it’s bursting with tech innovation and people looking to innovate in a way which produces positive long-term results.

Yesterday we shared our 5 picks for the first day. Here are our 5 picks for the second day, Friday 21 May.

Rakhi-Rajani-response-ability#1: Industry Keynote: Busting Out of Boxes Since the 2000’s

Rakhi Rajani, Chief Digital Officer, Genomics England will deliver the industry keynote on the second day: “Disciplinary hierarchy and disciplinary boundaries often hinder innovation. How do we innovate ‘at the intersections’, where brains from different disciplines such as engineering, design, and science bust out of their boxes and come together — instead of competing with each other — to generate solutions?” Rakhi will be chaired by Adam Warburton, Head of Digital Products, Co-op.

Gilbert_Hill-response-ability#2: Data Privacy and Responsibility

Taru Rastas explores how corporations can design responsible and innovative data practices, using insights from a project with 7 organisations; Gilbert Hill shares his insights, as a CEO of a start-up designed to give people control over their data, how an ethical, humane approach can move us all beyond compliance towards data dialogue; and Daniel Stanley explores how we might increase public understanding of the importance of data and its protection.

Subhashish-Panigrahi-response-ability#3: National Biometric Identity Systems: The Case of Aadhaar

Aadhaar, India’s government-mandated national identity system, has been variously described as a model implementation of a biometric ID system and a restrictive, rights- and privacy-abusing attempt by the government to spy on and control its citizens. Since 2016 over 1 billion people have been registered and, despite its successes, concerns remain. This panel discussion explores the background and history of Aadhaar, and discuss the pros and cons of national biometric identity systems. Hosted by Yoti, with Ken Banks, Subhashish Panigrahi, Priyanka Dass Saharia, and Dr Bidisha Chaudhuri.

Naonori-Kodate-response-ability#4: Film screening: Circuits of Care: Ageing and Japan’s Robot Revolution

Japan is arguably the first post-industrial society to embrace the prospect of human-robot coexistence. David Prendergast, Professor in Science, Technology & Society at Maynooth University, will introduce and show his newly-released 35-minute documentary film, Circuits of Care: Ageing and Japan’s Robot Revolution, which explores the role of robots in the social care of Japan’s ageing population. Accompanied by the film’s producer, Naonori Kodate, Associate Professor of Social Policy and Social Robotics at University College Dublin, David will facilitate a discussion with delegates about the issues the film raises.

Peter-Svarre-response-ability#5: Workshop: The Digital Ethics Compass

The Digital Ethics Compass is a hands-on tool that helps companies develop an ethical sensibility when they are designing digital products. It also helps companies uncover and fix ethical problems and dilemmas in their existing products. The tool is developed by Danish Design Centre in cooperation with digital strategist Peter Svarre who will be hosting this workshop.

More information about the full programme can be found here:

Ticket prices are £95 (Standard), £50 (Third sector), and £30 (Students). Tickets include access to all the talks, unconference sessions on day 2, lunchtime yoga classes, and workshops. Day Passes are also available: Standard £66.50, Third Sector £30, and Students £21. Tickets can be purchased here.

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