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


16.00 Tory Reform Group & The Counter Extremism Project

Manchester Central : Exchange 5

TRG Debate: Big Tech and Extremism

How should the Online Harms Bill be used to make tech firms take responsibility


Despite promises, big tech companies continue to struggle to remove terrorist and extremist content. Tory Reform Group & The Counter Extremism Project host a debate on how the government's forthcoming Online Harms Bill can help tackle extremism online. Further details at www.trg.org.uk


08.30 Openreach

Manchester Central : LondonLounge

How do we deliver the UK’s Ultrafast future?

Openreach is hosting a panelled event in the London Lounge on how to deliver the UK’s Ultrafast future?


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?


08.30 Demos & Jisc

Manchester Central : Exchange 5

Research 4.0: Will robots replace researchers?

Panel discussion on research automation


Join Demos and Jisc as we discuss how the UK can maximise the opportunities of ‘automated research’ to benefit the research sector and position itself as a world leader.

09.30 Centre for Policy Studies

Manchester Central : Centre for Policy Studies, The Gallery

Does Westminster Get Tech?

Britain leads Europe as a tech hub and start-up centre. But do those in Government understand what needs to be done to preserve this success?


Britain leads Europe as a tech hub and start-up centre. But do those in Government understand what needs to be done to preserve this success?

15.00 Onward

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

Connected growth: How the internet is helping the economy and a new wave of businesses to grow and prosper

A panel event on the growth of the digital economy, and the opportunities and risks of further innovation, sponsored by the Internet Association


This panel event will consider the role the internet plays in the modern economy, how we can further harness digital technologies while mitigating the social consequences of the internet. Sponsored by the Internet Association

16.15 techUK & Tata Consultancy Services

Manchester Central : Central 8

The Fourth Industrial Revolution: the role of technology in turbocharging the economy

The UK tech sector is one of the fastest growing parts of the economy – to truly turbocharge the economy after Brexit we must look at the role of tech


Whether its cloud infrastructure, automation & AI or the Internet of Things, adoption of technology has become the most productivity-enhancing activity any business can do. This fringe will explore the role of technology in turbocharging the whole economy. How do we embed technology in every sector? How do we equip the workforce of the future with the skills they need to adapt? How could Government support the development, deployment and adoption of these life-changing tools?


08.30 The Oxford Internet Institute & Coadec

Manchester Central : Exchange 1

Online Harms: How do we police subjective harms?

Policy Roundtable by Invitation. Senior Party, Business and Civil Society representatives.


The Government's Online Harms White Paper sets out plans to hold internet companies (social networks, search engines, forums, online marketplaces, review sites, messaging services etc.) accountable for illegal, harmful, or otherwise 'disreputable' content appearing on their platforms. But will it actually work? By Invitation Only, please contact: joel@coadec.com

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