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2022 Rhodes Technology & Society Forum

2022 Rhodes Technology & Society Forum

12 November 2022

09:00 - 17:30 (GMT+00:00)

Institute of Engineering and Technology


Join us for the inaugural hybrid Rhodes Forum on Technology & Society at the Institute of Engineering and Technology in London

Rhodes Technology & Society Forum

'The Realignment Problem: Aligning Technology with our Values'

Saturday 12th November 2022

IET, 2 Savoy Place, London


Advancements in technology often focus on speed and scale. AI is automating tasks both menial and creative, advancements in biotech are beginning to enable precision medicine for all, and communications platforms let societies interact near the speed of light. It seems like we’re on the precipice of radical innovations — but amid those leaps forward in speed and scale, how should we consider the direction of innovation? Are technologies value-neutral, or value-laden? How should innovation engage with moral and social decisions? And what are the roles of governments, entrepreneurs, corporations, and the public in directing the present and future of technology?

This year’s Rhodes Technology and Society Forum will consider the relationship between technology and values, exploring how innovations shape us and how we can shape them. We will question how (and which) values are represented in our technology today, and how to shape future technology to support dignity, equity, and governance accountable to all. Through keynotes, panel discussions, and opportunities to connect, the Forum will explore a range of perspectives from across cultures and disciplines, creating a conversation that welcomes technologists, policymakers, and leaders from around the globe.


  • Rahul Bajaj (India & Linacre 2018), Co-Founder, Mission Accessibility
  • Abeba Birhane, Senior Fellow in Trustworthy AI - Mozilla
  • Rumman Chowdhury, Director of Machine Learning Ethics, Transparency & Accountability, Twitter
  • Stephanie Hare, Researcher, Broadcaster & Author
  • Sarah Herrlinger, Director, Global Accessibility Policy & Initiatives at Apple
  • Johannes Kleijssen, Director, Information Society - Action Against Crime, Council of Europe
  • Matthew Might, Professor and Director, Hugh Kaul Precision Medicine Institute at UAB
  • Elaine Nsoesie, Associate Professor in the Department of Global Health at the Boston University School of Public Health
  • Julie Owono, Executive Director, Internet without Borders
  • David Robinson (Maryland & Balliol 2004), Visiting Scholar, UC Berkeley and Faculty, Apple University
  • Anasuya Sengupta (India & St Peter's 1996), Co-Founder and Co-Director, Whose Knowledge?



Tickets are on a first-come, first-served basis and are available today! If you have any questions please contact

After purchasing your ticket on this page, you will be invited to register on our Forum event platform and app closer to the conference date.


Confirmed Speakers and the programme will be updated on our website.

Delegates are responsible for organising their own accommodation. Book early to avoid disappointment!

Please contact if you have any questions or have any difficulties booking.

Dress Code: Business Casual - No Ties

*Please note that your attendance fee helps to partially cover the cost of the Forum. We rely on the generosity of individual donors and other sponsors to cover the rest of the costs. This particular event was made possible through the generous support of our donor, Kevin Xu as part of the Kevin Xu Initiative on Science, Technology, and Society at the Rhodes Trust . Your ticket cost includes lunch, refreshments and snacks throughout the day, a full day of conferencing *

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