The future of information: what is saved, what’s deleted and who decides?

Monday 26 October 2020

Duration: 6:25PM - 7:30PM

Status: Completed

As more and more of life is lived online, with vast quantities of data being processed and created all the time, the question of ‘historical record’ has become ethically and practically complex. Millions of files are lost in error, and digital platforms can choose to delete vast quantities of information for commercial or practical reasons. How do we square ‘the right to be forgotten’ with our collective duty to record for posterity? Should hate content removed from social media be archived for historical record? Is our digital history safe? Join us to explore who decides what should be kept, and at whose cost?

Editor: Alexi Mostrous, Editor and Partner, Tortoise.


Our invited experts include:

Carole Cadwalladr is a British author, investigative journalist and features writer. Cadwalladr was a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting, alongside The New York Times reporters, for her coverage of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Richard Ovenden OBE has been Bodley’s Librarian (the senior Executive position of the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford) since 2014. Prior to that Richard held positions at Durham University Library, the House of Lords Library, the National Library of Scotland, and the University of Edinburgh. He moved to the Bodleian in 2003 as Keeper of Special Collections, becoming Deputy Librarian in 2011. He was educated at the University of Durham and University College London, and holds a Professorial Fellowship at Balliol College, Oxford. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, the Royal Society of Arts, and a Member of the American Philosophical Society.

Alex Krasodomski-Jones is director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media, leading work on digital political extremism, information environments, disinformation and machine-enabled decision-making.

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