TEDxEastEnd Salon 2015 – Tomorrow Started Yesterday

Privacy, New Technologies, and turning the tables on the State | Dirk Slater

Dirk Slater talks about how his understanding of anonymity and privacy evolved during the HIV/AIDS crisis of the 1980’s and how since that time our sense of privacy has been manipulated by our use of new technologies. He also looks at how technology can be used to turn the tables on the state to surveil them and hold them accountable.

Dirk Slater has spent the last two decades supporting advocates and activists in over 30 countries develop effective strategies that harness the power of data and technologies. Dirk has worked on a diverse range of social change campaigns, including empowering marginalised communities, defending the right to freedom of expression, and improving transparency and accountability of governments. His consultancy, FabRiders (www.fabriders.net), focuses on improving the impact of campaigns through the use of technologies, along with facilitating workshops, trainings and meetings using participatory event methodologies.

Why we shouldn’t trust certainty | Lydia Nicholas

It’s nice to have a simple explanation for how things work, but what if our preference for confident, straightforward answers is blinding us to more messy, complicated truths- with potentially tragic results? Lydia Nicholas walks us through examples from biotechnology and data analytics and challenges us to face up to complicated truths, and the extraordinary opportunities in mess.

Lydia Nicholas is an anthropologist who works in areas where data, bodies and biotechnologies meet, focusing on futures and networks, often using fiction and objects to help people discuss invisible ideas, and work out how technology and culture shape one another.

In recent years she has explored information flow through interdisciplinary synthetic biology projects, researched antibiotic resistance for the Longitude Prize and perceptions of health information for the Wellcome Trust. Her research into lay understandings of big data took her to the UK Cabinet Office and the Science Museum. She currently works as a Senior Researcher in Collective Intelligence at Nesta, exploring new forms of knowledge production emerging from the collaboration of networked publics, institutions and organisations, with particular focus on patient-led research and patient organisations.


An immersive revolution in news, teaching and human understanding | Sarah Jones 

Journalist and educator Sarah Jones started using 360 degree immersive filming to transform the way she told stories in the news. She discovered that by using virtual reality, journalists have to give up the desire to tell the story themselves, and relinquish control to their audiences. Now she is bringing the same revolution to the world of teaching: giving children the ability to navigate their own learning, explore other worlds and find out whatever they want to know. Find out in Sarah’s talk how virtual worlds can transform not just how we learn, but how we experience life.

After a decade working in television news covering everything from the US elections 2008 to being in Sex and the City, Sarah moved into academia with the plan to change how we teach media and journalism. With a focus on mobile, global, collaborations, Sarah brings together students from all over the world to work on focussed television production projects. This is largely covered through mobile filming and editing.

2016 is set to bring huge developments in Virtual Reality and through this technology, Sarah has been developing immersive storytelling practices. This is combined with building immersive educational experiences, which will give the opportunity for a student to explore conflict, emergencies and crisis situations whilst building their own learning experience. Her three year old is her chief VR tester who loves exploring the world of dinosaurs.