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Department of Land Economy

Environment, Law & Economics


Speaker: Dr Laura James is Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory also Technology Principal at Doteveryone.

About the speaker

Dr Laura James is Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory, catalysing multidisciplinary research and activities
around trust and technology, and also Technology Principal at Doteveryone. She has spent nearly twenty years exploring cutting edge internet technologies and turning them into useful products and systems, in technology and leadership roles in diverse contexts. Laura holds Masters and PhD degrees in Engineering from the University of Cambridge, and is a
Chartered Engineer. She was VP Engineering at AlertMe, a connected home startup; on the management team at Evi, an AI startup acquired by Amazon to become Alexa; CEO of Open Knowledge International, a civil society network opening up information for all; and COO at CARET, delivering mission-critical innovative software for the University of Cambridge. Laura co-founded Makespace, a community workshop; Field Ready, an NGO meeting humanitarian need through local manufacturing; and the Digital Life Collective, a tech co-operative.


Internet technologies are now present in almost all aspects of our lives, workplaces, homes, and the wider world. But the creation of these technologies is a young field, and we are already seeing how the rapid deployment of powerful digital technologies can have unintended consequences. This talk will discuss some of the issues and a range of practical approaches to adjust how technologies are developed and how
we deploy and use them.


Wednesday, 27 February, 2019 - 16:00 to 17:00
Event location: 
Mill Lane Lecture Theatre Room 4