An Open Information Age
12:15pm, Wednesday 14th December 2016
Join us for a lunchtime talk on building an open information age with Dr Rufus Pollock, hosted by the University of Bath Library in association with the Institute for Policy Research (IPR).
How can we build an open information age? And why should we do it? Find out with Dr Rufus Pollock, a leading global expert on digital policy, openness and innovation. The session will be framed around the following questions:
- The future of work: will robots take all the jobs – and should we care?
- Freedom: how will we preserve freedom in a world of Googles and Facebooks who have the power to shape how we think and act?
- Inequality: should we be concerned about growing inequality and the digital divide?
- Innovation: how can we harness the full power of digital technology for innovation and creativity?
- How can we build an economy and society fit for the information age?
Open information is the biggest policy opportunity of the 21st Century, with answers for all of these questions. Openness is central not only to creating a more innovative and transparent society, but to creating one which is fair, free, healthy and wealthy.
The presentation will be one hour long, with a second hour free to ask questions and discuss the issues raised. The event is free, but registration requested at: https://openinfo.eventbrite.co.uk.
About Dr Rufus Pollock
Dr Rufus Pollock is an adviser on digital policy and openness to governments and organisations around the world. He has worked extensively as a researcher, entrepreneur and technologist on how we can build the best possible digital age – one that is inclusive, innovative and open.
He is the President and Founder of Open Knowledge, an international non-profit organisation using advocacy and technology to empower people with access to information and the capacity to use it. A pioneer in the rapidly developing area of digital policy, he has made Open Knowledge into one of the leading “think/do tanks” of the 21st Century.
In addition to Open Knowledge, he has been involved in many other organisations such as Creative Commons, FFII and the Open Rights Group. He was previously the Mead Fellow in Economics at the University of Cambridge, where he remains an Associate of the Centre for Information and Intellectual Property Law. In 2010 he was appointed to a $1m three-year Shuttleworth Foundation Fellowship, and in 2012 he was elected an Ashoka Fellow.