A security pass is required at all times to attend events in either of the secure Conference venues, Manchester Central or The Midland Hotel.


12.45 Institute for Government and Advertising Association

Midland Hotel : Fairclough

The database state, data-driven companies: where next for personal data?

How can government use our data ethically? What lessons can government and the private sector learn from one another?


By sharing data about citizens across departments, government could deliver better public services and save money But this also brings risks, with government knowing more about us than ever before and the potential for data to leak. The introduction of GDPR means that there has never been a greater need for businesses to uphold information rights and safeguard consumers’ data. How can government use our data ethically? What lessons can government and the private sector learn from one another?

17.45 Big Innovation Centre and Prospect Magazine

Manchester Central : Central 6

The Fake Times: Fake News, Politics, Society and You!

Join us to discuss the impact of Fake News in the new media on Politics and Society


Fake news is a complicated challenge. It is written and published usually with the intent to mislead in order to damage. Often using sensationalist, dishonest, or outright fabricated headlines to increase readership. But who is to blame, and what should be done about it?


13.00 techUK & Cisco

Midland Hotel : Victoria Suite

In Conversation with the Rt. Hon. Nicky Morgan MP

Join techUK and Ciscco for an in conversation with the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport


Scot Garnder, UK & Ireland MD for Cisco, and Julian David, CEO of techUK hold an in conversation with the new DCMS Secretary of State Nicky Morgan MP.

16.00 techUK, Sage & Google

Midland Hotel : Victoria Suite

How can the UK harness digital technologies to increase trade and global prosperity?

Highlighting the role of digital technology to boost trade and prosperity.


This year saw the launch of the new digital trade hub backed by the Department for International Trade. Its ambition is to help a further 100,000 UK businesses export by 2020. Through e-exporting alone government intends to deliver an additional 20,000 online exporters and £2 billion worth of value to the UK economy by 2020. This fringe will explore the practicalities that sit behind making this a reality and how, by harnessing digital technologies we can strengthen our ambitions for the UK’

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