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 Vuelio and Prospect Magazine

Manchester Central : Central 6

MPs and the public: is social media changing the relationship for good or bad?

Join us to discuss how MPs are interacting with the public in the age of social media


In the age of real-time commentary driven by a 24-hour news cycle and social media, are our politicians being forced to focus more on soundbites than substance?

16.00 Institute for Government and the Solicitors Regulation Authority

Manchester Central : Exchange 1

How will future technology make us rethink the state and regulation?

What difference can new technologies make in transforming how government works?


Future technologies have the potential to transform how government works and how public services are delivered. Some future technologies are already here that have changed the way government and businesses operate. What difference can these new technologies make? How will they change government? What are, or should be, the limits? And how do we ensure these technologies benefit citizens and consumers rather than making life more difficult?

16.30 Onward

Radisson Blu Edwardian, Peter Street Free Trade Hall, Manchester M2 5GP : Onward, Room 11

Taming Tech: How should government and business keep people safe online?

A panel event on online harms and internet regulation, sponsored by Sky


In the wake of the Government's White Paper this year, this event will consider how we can best keep people safe online and where responsibility for content and activity lies. Sponsored by Sky.

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?


12.45 Bright Blue with Electoral Reform Society

Jury's Inn Manchester : Rochdale Suite

Fair and free: ensuring the integrity of elections in the UK

In light of concerns about foreign interference and funding in recent votes, what can be done to ensure elections in this country remain free and fair


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