Growing up Online: A digital revolution?

Hosted by the Department of Media and Communications and LSE Literary Festival

Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building,


Rachel Coldicutt

Rachel Coldicutt

Emma Gannon

Emma Gannon

Deana Puccio

Deana Puccio


Dr Ellen Helsper

Dr Ellen Helsper

What are the benefits and risks for young people growing up in the digital space? Is now the time to learn lessons from the generation who came of age with the internet? And how can the internet work for everyone?

Rachel Coldicutt (@rachelcoldicutt) is Chief Executive Officer of Doteveryone,  a UK charity working to solve social and moral challenges that have arrived with the Internet. She has spent the last 20 years helping organisations adapt to the digital world. She has worked at the BBC, BT, V&A, Royal Opera House and as a consultant with large service organisations in finance, energy, healthcare and the third sector. She is also the founder of Culture Hack Day and co-founder of arts innovation agency Caper.

Emma Gannon (@emmagannon) is a blogger, author and digital consultant. She has written for the likes of Stylist, Grazia, The Guardian, The Sunday Times and is the former social media editor at British GLAMOUR. Her debut book is CTRL ALT DELETE: How I Grew Up OnlineHer podcast of the same name interviewing digital creatives hit number 16 in the iTunes charts on its first week of release. It has been recommended by The Times, ELLE UK, Marie Claire, The Pool and has hit half a million downloads to date. Emma has spoken on Sky News, hosted panels at Google HQ, is a regular guest lecturer at Condé Nast Fashion College and was a guest curator at Cheltenham Literary Festival in 2016.

Deana Puccio is a former Senior Assistant District Attorney from New York City. She worked in the Sex Crimes/Special Victims Unit of the Kings County District Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn. In 2013, she Co-Founded The RAP Project (@rapprojectuk), Raising Awareness and Prevention, which aims to help teenagers minimize the risk of becoming a victim of sexual attack or vulnerable to excessive social media pressures. The RAP Project is now working in over 100 schools around the UK. Through her work with The RAP Project Deana has appeared as an expert commentator on Sky News and on the BBC. She is the co-author of Sex, Likes & Social Media, Talking To Our Teens In The Digital Age

Ellen Helsper (@EllenHel) is Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor in the Media and Communications Department at the LSE. Her current research interests include new media audiences; digital inclusion; mediated interpersonal communication; and quantitative and qualitative methodological developments in media research.

The Department of Media and Communications (@MediaLSE) undertakes outstanding and innovative research and provides excellent research-based graduate programmes for the study of media and communications. The Department was established in 2003 and in 2014 their research was ranked number 1 in the most recent UK research evaluation, with 91% of research outputs ranked world-leading or internationally excellent.  

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This event forms part of the LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival 2017, taking place from Monday 20 - Saturday 25 February 2017, with the theme 'Revolutions'.


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