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Is social media helping or harming politics?

Debating how social media can help or harm politics is the topic for debate at two fringe events hosted by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT in partnership with Demos, an independent, cross-party think tank at the Labour and Conservative party conferences.

David Evans, Director of Policy and Community at BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT will join an outstanding panel of MPs, journalists and digital political researchers to discuss how ‘Disrupting Democracy: Is Social Media Helping or Harming Politics?’

Key areas being debated include:

  • How can politicians engage with issues that matter to their constituents more efficiently and effectively?
  • How has social media changed the nature of this interaction?
  • What are the challenges presented by this new digital politics and how can we combat them?
  • Is digital politics nastier?

The full list of the panel at the two events include:

Monday 26 September | 17.30

Event Title: Disrupting Democracy: Is Social Media Helping or Harming Politics?
Venue: 17.30 Hilton Liverpool City Centre, Meeting Room 6
Chair: Jim Waterson, Buzzfeed

Principle speakers:

  • Yvette Cooper MP
  • Nick Pickles, Head of UK Policy, Twitter
  • David Evans, Director of Policy and Community, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
  • Alex Krasodomski-Jones, the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at Demos

Tuesday 4 October | 17.30 - 19.00

Event Title: Disrupting Democracy: Is Social Media Helping or Harming Politics? 
Venue: Room 105, Jurys Inn, Birmingham
Chair: Kate Russell, BBC

Principle speakers:

  • Matt Warman MP
  • Nick Pickles, Head of UK Policy, Twitter
  • Michael Sani, Chief Executive, Bite the Ballot
  • David Evans, Director of Policy and Community, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
  • Alex Krasodomski-Jones, the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at Demos

The full programme of events can be found at: www.bcs.org/partyconf

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