On Nov 1st, I'll take part in a panel debate that will take place as part of FACT's Roy Stringer Lecture, which is given this year by Martha Lane Fox. The title for the event is 'The Democratising Role of the Web'

Here's a brief on the event:

FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), in partnership with Amaze, presents the next Roy Stringer lecture with respected entrepreneur and digital champion, Martha Lane Fox. Martha is the UK's Digital Champion and heads up the Race Online 2012 campaign which aims to get the 8.3 million UK residents who have never used the Internet online. She came to prominence after setting up with Brent Hoberman in 1998. She is also a non-executive director of Marks & Spencer, Channel 4 and Martha joins a panel of guests including Professor Andy Miah, community engagement expert Patrick Fox (FACT / Arena Housing), Director of Strategy at Aurora Media John Eagan, and Natalie Gross, Managing Partner at Amaze, to discuss the democratising role of the web, how digital content can help encourage people who have never been on the Internet to take their first steps online, and the role the cultural and creative industries can play in introducing off-liners to digital content. Andy Miah is Director of the Creative Futures Research Centre and Chair of Ethics and Emerging Technologies in the Faculty of Business & Creative Industries at the University of the West of Scotland. A Fellow of FACT, Miah regularly publishes in major newspapers around the world, which have included The Washington Post, the Guardian and the Independent and the Huffington Post. He is currently a columnist for the Guardian. Peter Barron is Google's head of public relations for Britain, Ireland and the Benelux countries. Before joining Google in 2008, the Belfast-born journalist was editor of the BBC programme Newsnight. Jon Eagan has worked as a communications professional for 25 years as a charity campaigner, political strategist and consultant. He is a regular contributor to regional print and broadcast media and is a director at Liverpool-based communications agency Aurora Media. Aurora developed the 'It's Liverpool' campaign to promote the city. The event will be chaired by Herb Kim (@herbkim). Herb is the CEO of Codeworks, founder of the Thinking Digital Conference and is included in the Wired Magazine & Media Guardian Top 100 lists.

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