Guardian Social Forum live! Prince Harry and Meghan Markle join heads of government, businesses

This Friday 12 May, the royal family and royal family-friendly brands will join a global summit to talk about how technology can help people in the future. This year’s Guardian Community Forum (GCF) will…

Guardian Social Forum live! Prince Harry and Meghan Markle join heads of government, businesses

This Friday 12 May, the royal family and royal family-friendly brands will join a global summit to talk about how technology can help people in the future.

This year’s Guardian Community Forum (GCF) will see Meghan Markle, actress and wife of Prince Harry, and the Duke of Cambridge take part in a discussion with guest and government representatives about the challenges and opportunities that new technologies present to us all. The two-day summit will take place at Queen Elizabeth II Centre in Westminster.

Across the two days guests will discuss how technological advances are helping people, giving them more freedom and choice, empowering them to help solve problems, find solutions, live life more fulfilled and make the world a better place.

Thursday’s first discussion will look at how data is used for social good and the impact the forthcoming GDPR has on data in the world. The next day will focus on the future of work and the opportunities offered by working and working with technology.

During the GCF, we will also discuss the digital security issues within government. Leaders across government, technology companies and academia will be invited to consider the issues around data security and data sharing, and how both work in partnership to tackle the challenges of data privacy, encryption and surveillance. Our day of debate will be opened by Professor Tim Hunt, director of the Oxford Internet Institute, who will answer questions from delegates about the Digital Generation: Breaking through silos to break down barriers.

With such a passionate audience and a keen focus on meeting challenges, we know we can expect a debate that is not going to be overly academic but won’t shy away from the issues at hand either.

Topics for discussion include access to new technology for those in need, opportunities to aid people with disabilities and how to tackle over-reliance on digital technologies in our lives.

Over the years, GCF has been the place where the government, business and cultural leaders come together to discuss future challenges to affect communities, cultures and economies.

This year, we’re taking the event beyond the UK. We are inviting guests to visit a public gallery in Luxembourg where artworks will be projected on to screens to illustrate the theme for this year’s forum – weighing in with individual artworks from around the world, attendees will be able to ask questions about the artworks and have their responses interpreted to artworks by computer-generated models.

And, because there’s no place like the Guardian offices, we’re encouraging supporters to participate too. Following the event in London we will host a “Cocaine pod” with royals, members of the public and Guardian journalists to discuss the social impact of drugs, in light of this year’s anniversary of the death of Prince Harry’s mother.

We hope you’ll join us in two epic days of debates and discussion.

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