Spend your summer with Index
26 Jun 2019

Wednesday 26 June 2019

Summer! At long last. With "flaming June" nearly behind us, we thought it would be a good time to get on your schedule. Hope to see you at these upcoming events.

On Tuesday 2 July, we'll be debating press freedom and Julian Assange at the Frontline Club. Index CEO Jodie Ginsberg joins former Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger, columnist and broadcaster David Aaronovitch, journalist Vaughan Smith and columnist Suzanne Moore to discuss Assange and his work. Chaired by journalist Robin Lustig.

Next Thursday 4 July, we'll toast the long summer days and celebrate the latest issue of Index on Censorship magazine, which explores the ways governments are defying the rule of law. If you are an Index member and would like to attend this exclusive evening of speakers, film, music and drinks at the Goethe-Institut, please email [email protected].  

A must see is approaching on Tuesday 9 July. UN Special Rapporteur David Kaye will mark the UK launch of his new book in conversation with comedian and data geek Timandra Harkness. Join Index and partner Article 19 to discuss whether social media giants should police content or if governments should regulate expression online? This event is hosted by Wayra, with beer kindly donated by our friends at Flying Dog Brewery.

Index is at ORGcon on Saturday 13 July for a day-long event dedicated to challenging the UK government’s mass surveillance programme to protect free expression online and push for better digital privacy protections. Hear some of the world’s leading experts -- including Edward Snowden -- on data and democracy, free expression and digital privacy. Drop by the Index booth in the activist area to catch up with us in person.

The multi-award-winning Latitude festival returns to the stunning grounds of Henham Park, Suffolk, on 18-21 July. Index will be there from Friday-Sunday 19-21 July to tell folk stories from around the world previously censored and edited in a bid to remove "taboo" material. Gather in the Faraway Forest for uncensored folk tales as you have never heard them before.

Artificial intelligence is an industry dominated by the male agenda, and the ever accommodating Alexa is just one example of how women and minorities are perceived in this burgeoning tech sector. As the launch of 5G heralds a new age in AI, online tech retailer Soda Says gathers together leading women on Monday 22 July to debate this thorny issue, including Tabitha Goldstaub, Director of CogX, and Index’s Jodie Ginsberg. We have a limited number of tickets available to Index members. Please email [email protected] if you’re interested in attending.  

Join Index for a weekend of talks and performances in the Flower Garden at Cambridge Folk Festival Thursday 1- Sunday 4 August 2019. We’re the festival’s official talks partner for their Spoken Word strand. Events include performances from poet and folk musician Jade Cuttle and hip-hop poetry company Lyrix Organix’s Dan Tsu, a talk on women and folk music featuring Stevie Freeman, CEO of Americana UK, and professional “Strong Lady” Charmain Childs, plus a series of taboo-busting Fireside Folk Tales for Grown Ups.

And that’s not all….

If that’s not enough, we’ve got the launch of Margaret Atwood’s highly anticipated The Testaments, a sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, on 9-10 September. We’re partnering with independent bookshops in the UK and Vintage books to host a series of midnight events celebrating the release around the country. We’ll email you with the full programme of events in August.

Banned Books Week returns to the UK 22-29 September. We’ll be celebrating the freedom to read with partners from across the country. Keep an eye out for debates and resources. We’ll email you with the full programme of events nearer the time.

Have a great summer and hope to see you at one or all of these exciting and interesting events!

PS: You can keep up to date with the latest debates and panels on the events section of the Index website.

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