Tech tantrums - when tech meets humanity

Hosted by the Digital Futures for Children centre (DFC), Department of Media and Communications and 5Rights Foundation

In-person and online public event (Old Theatre, Old Building)


Baroness Kidron

Baroness Kidron


Professor Sonia Livingstone

Professor Sonia Livingstone

AI is poised to supercharge its impact on almost every aspect of economic, public and personal life. Tech leaders in Silicon Valley believe that AI poses an existential threat to humanity even as they enter an arms race to be ’the ruler of the world”. This year 50% of the world’s population go to the polls, without a single party offering a vision of how they will ride, contain or regulate the wave of change that AI will bring.

In this talk, Beeban Kidron, best known for her global impact on tech regulation to benefit children, will set out why issues around AI must not be left to tech experts and unaccountable corporations. 

 “Artificial intelligence is the future, not only for Russia, but for all humankind…whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world.”  Vladimir Putin

Meet our speaker and chair

Beeban Kidron is a leading voice on children’s rights in the digital environment and a global authority on digital regulation and accountability. She has played a determinative role in establishing standards for online safety and privacy across the world. Baroness Kidron sits as a crossbench peer in the UK’s House of Lords. She is an advisor to the Institute for Ethics in AI, University of Oxford, a Commissioner on the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, expert advisor to the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Advisory Body on Artificial Intelligence, and Founder and Chair of 5Rights Foundation. She is a visiting Professor of Practice at LSE where she Chairs the research centre, Digital Futures for Children, led by Professor Sonia Livingstone and a Fellow in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Oxford. Before being appointed to the Lords she was an award-winning film director and co-founder of the charity Filmclub (now Into Film).

Sonia Livingstone (@Livingstone_S) is a professor in the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science.She is the author of 20 books on children’s online opportunities and risks, including The Class: Living and Learning in the Digital Age. Sonia has advised the UK government, European Commission, European Parliament, Council of Europe and other national and international organisations on children’s rights, risks and safety in the digital age.

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This event will be available to watch on LSE Live. LSE Live is the new home for our live streams, allowing you to tune in and join the global debate at LSE, wherever you are in the world. If you can't attend live, a video will be made available shortly afterwards on LSE's YouTube channel.

The Digital Futures for Children centre (@DFCcentre) facilitates research for a rights-respecting digital world for children. This joint LSE and 5Rights research centre supports an evidence base for advocacy, facilitates dialogue between academics and policymakers, and amplifies children’s voices, following the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child’s General comment No. 25.

The Department of Media and Communications (@MediaLSE) is a world-leading centre for education and research in communication and media studies at the heart of LSE’s academic community in central London. The Department is ranked #1 in the UK and #3 globally in the field of media and communications (2021 QS World University Rankings).

5Rights Foundation (@5RightsFound) the brainchild of Beeban Kidron, started as a set of principles that would reimagine the digital world as a place children and young people were afforded their existing right to participate in the digital world creatively, knowledgeably and fearlessly. In 2018, 5Rights developed from an idea into an organisation. Now an internationally active non-governmental, non-profit charitable organisation, 5Rights Foundation is headquartered in London with an office in Brussels, which opened in early 2021.  

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