Educating Young People in an Age of Media Distortion, Disinformation, and Manipulation

22 November 2017

Radley College, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

Conference Speakers

Edward LucasEdward Lucas

Edward Lucas is a senior editor at The Economist. An expert in energy, intelligence, and cyber-security issues, he covered Central and Eastern Europe for more than 20 years, witnessing the final years of the last Cold War, the fall of the Iron Curtain and the collapse of the Soviet empire, Boris Yeltsin’s downfall, and Vladimir Putin’s rise to power. He is also a senior vice president at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA).

From 1992 to 1994, Lucas was managing editor of The Baltic Independent, a weekly newspaper published in Tallinn. He holds a BSc from the London School of Economics, and studied Polish at the Jagiellonian University, Cracow. He is married to Cristina Odone and has three children. The New Cold War (2008) was his first book. Deception, about east-west espionage, was published in 2011. The Snowden Operation was published as an e-book in 2014. His latest book is Cyberphobia.

Reach Lucas at www.edwardlucas.com or on Twitter @edwardlucas.

Philip Howard Philip Howard

Philip N. Howard is a professor and writer. He has written numerous empirical research articles, and published in a number of disciplines, on the use of digital media for both civic engagement and social control in countries around the world. He is a statutory Professor of Internet Studies at the Oxford Internet Institute and a Senior Fellow at Balliol College at the University of Oxford. He has courtesy appointments as a professor at the University of Washington’s Department of Communication and as a Fellow at Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism . He has held senior academic appointments at Stanford, Princeton, and Columbia Universities, and from 2013-15 he helped design and launch a new School of Public Policy at Central European University in Budapest.

Recently he received a Consolidator Award from the European Research Council for his study of algorithms and public life. His projects on digital activism, information access, and modern governance in both democracies and authoritarian regimes have been supported by the National Science Foundation, US Institutes of Peace, and Intel’s People and Practices Group .

He has published eight books and over 120 academic articles, book chapters, conference papers, and commentary essays on information technology, international affairs and public life. His research spans several disciplines, and he is among a small number of scholars who have won awards from all three major academic associations for his work in political science, sociology, and communication. He is the author, most recently, of Pax Technica: How the Internet of Things May Set Us Free or Lock Us Up .

Howard’s research and commentary writing has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, and many international media outlets. His B.A. is in political science from Innis College at the University of Toronto, his M.Sc. is in economics from the London School of Economics , and his Ph.D. is in sociology from Northwestern University . His website is philhoward.org, and he tweets from @pnhoward.

Michael GrayMichael Gray

Dr. Michael Gray is Academic and Universities Director at Harrow School. After graduating with a first class degree in History from King’s College London, he taught at Halliford School, Shepperton and St Edward’s School, Oxford. During this time he completed his Master’s in Education and PhD in Holocaust education from the UCL Institute of Education. He has published two books and several peer-reviewed articles on Holocaust and genocide education, as well as speaking at international conferences around the world.