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Surveillance Technology and AI: Meredith Whittaker in Conversation

‘We can build computational tech, as Signal shows – that works differently, that does different things, that is more respectful, more dignified. But it takes marshalling real resources and effort. It’s not a question of ideas, it’s a question of power and resources’Meredith Whittaker.

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Meredith Whittaker is not afraid to take on tech giants. In 2018, she led the famous mass staff walkout at Google over the company’s laissez faire attitude towards sexual harassment allegations and the moral and ethical implications of its business practices.

Now, as President of Signal, the not-for-profit encrypted and secure messaging app, Whittaker is one of the world’s most respected experts on data surveillance and the future of big tech. She has advised the White House, the US Federal Trade Commission and many government and civil organisations on privacy, internet security and policy.

At this special Melbourne-exclusive event, Whittaker is joined by host Vanessa Toholka as they discuss data privacy, artificial intelligence, and technology’s impact on democracy in this contentious and pivotal US election year. Hear from a leading global expert on a subject that has far-reaching implications for all of our futures.



This event was presented in partnership with Igniting Change.

It was recorded on Wednesday 26 June 2024 at The Wheeler Centre.

Featured music is ‘No One There’ by Ava Low.

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