Digital Personhood and Identity

Hosted by the LSE Literary Festival

Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building,


Luke Dormehl

Luke Dormehl

Aleks Krotoski

Aleks Krotoski

Professor Sonia Livingstone

Professor Sonia Livingstone

Professor Andrew Murray

Professor Andrew Murray


Sierra Williams

What are the foundations of our identity in the digital age? As digital devices make and manage more and more decisions about our everyday lives how can we retain our sense of self? The panellists discuss how algorithms and intelligent devices are altering our sense of personhood and the ways in which we see ourselves and others.

Luke Dormehl (@lukedormehl) is a technology author and journalist, with a background in documentary film. He regularly contributes to Fast Company - where he covers high-tech and the digital humanities -- and also writes for the popular Apple blog, Cult of Mac. His previous books include The Apple Revolution, which explored the links between Apple and the hippie counterculture of the 1960s/70s. His latest book is The Formula: how algorithms solve all our problems..and create more.

Aleks Krotoski (@aleksk) is an academic and journalist who writes about and studies technology and interactivity. Her latest book, Untangling the Web: What the Internet is Doing to You looks at the psychology research behind the claims about the positive and negative forces of the digital age. Aleks presents BBC Radio 4’s award-winning science series The Digital Human. She has been hosting The Guardian’s Tech Weekly podcast since its inception, in 2007.

Sonia Livingstone (@Livingstone_S) is a Professor in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE and author of Digital Technologies in the Lives of Young People. She directs the 33-country network, EU Kids Online, funded by the EC's Safer Internet Programme. She is now beginning a project, Preparing for a digital future, which follows on the recently-completed project, The Class, both part of the MacArthur Foundation-funded Connected Learning Research Network

Andrew Murray (@AndrewDMurray) is Professor in Law at LSE and a fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA). He joined the LSE Law Department in September 2000. Andrew’s principal research interests are in regulatory design within Cyberspace, particularly the role of non-State actors, the protection and promotion of Human Rights within the digital environment and the promotion of proprietary interests in the digital sphere, encompassing both intellectual property rights and traditional property models.

Sierra Williams (@sn_will) is Managing Editor of the LSE Impact blog (@LSEImpactBlog) an online platform for the wider scholarly community to discuss and debate the future of scholarship and the digital innovations shaping the role of research in society.

Update, Thursday 26 February: Amy Mollett is no longer able to chair this event, due to unforeseen circumstances.

This event forms part of the LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival 2015, taking place from Monday 23 - Saturday 28 February 2015, with the theme 'Foundations'.

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