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Tech as a Virtue: Ethical Technology as a Source of Societal Strength

20 November 2019, 8:30
RUSI Whitehall
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Sana Khareghani, Head of the UK Government’s Office for Artificial Intelligence, in conversation with Jonathan Kewley, Partner and Tech Group Co-Head, Clifford Chance.

The current debate about technology and national security in liberal democracies focuses on the vulnerabilities created by technology. Given how strategic competitors and adversaries exploit Western societies’ technology-based vulnerabilities, for example through hacks, viruses and dissemination of “fake news” on social media, that is not surprising.

Technology should, however, also be examined from the opposite perspective: as a source of societal strength. In this breakfast briefing former technology executive Sana Khareghani, who leads the UK Government’s Office for Artificial Intelligence, and Jonathan Kewley, the co-head of Clifford Chance’s Tech Group, will explore the potential of technology as a source of societal strength.


Sana Khareghani, Head of the UK Government’s Office for AI, a joint unit between the Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport (DCMS) and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). She holds a BSc in Computer Science and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has over 20 years’ experience in technology and business across the private and public sectors. Sana has worked as a software engineer in large corporations and start-ups and as a management consultant advising senior officials throughout North America, Europe and the Middle East. 

Jonathan Kewley is a Partner and the Co-Head of the Clifford Chance Tech Group, a cross-disciplinary team of 400+ lawyers globally advising on tech risk and opportunity. He has a particular focus on the cutting edge areas of tech ethics, data, artificial intelligence, cyber security and blockchain regulation. He has wide-ranging experience in complex tech projects on every continent, from the West Coast of the US to China, and his clients span a broad range of tech and non-tech business areas.

Please note that this is an invitation-only event.

Tea, coffee and pastries will be available from 08:15.

For any questions regarding this event, please contact Allana Howard, Venue and Events Manager,

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