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Susie Alegre Keynote Speaker

  • International human rights barrister.
  • Author of 'Freedom to Think'.
  • Associate at the internationally renowned Doughty Street Chambers.

Susie Alegre's Biography

Dr. Susie Alegre is an international human rights barrister and author with over 25 years’ experience working on human rights and accountability around the world.  Her recent work has focused on the impact of technology and the digital world on human rights and our freedom to think for ourselves and she is the author of “Freedom to Think” (Atlantic Books 2022 – a Financial Times recommended Summer read on Technology in 2022).

Susie is a barrister and Associate at the internationally renowned Doughty Street Chambers and a Senior Fellow of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). She is also the Founder and Director of the Island Rights Initiative.

Susie has worked for international organisations including the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe as an adviser on human rights and counter-terrorism and the European Union on combating corruption in East Africa.  And she has advised civil society organisations including Amnesty International, JUSTICE, Avaaz and SumOfUs and 5Rights on human rights, international law and the development of law and policy around emerging technologies.  As well as her advisory work, she has worked as an ombudsman at the Financial Ombudsman Service, as Interception of Communications Commissioner for the Isle of Man and hold senior judicial and oversight positions at national and international levels.

She is a regular contributor to print and broadcast media including TIME Magazine, City AM, The Irish Times, Sydney Morning Herald, BBC Radio 4 and Sky News.

With a MA Hons in French and Philosophy and a Masters and PhD in International Human Rights Law, Susie brings personal, philosophical and literary perspectives to her analysis of law, technology and human freedom.  She is comfortable speaking in English, French and Spanish.

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Susie Alegre's Speaking Topics

Re-imagining freedom of thought in the Digital Age:

As our devices are increasingly an extension of who we are, how we form our opinions, decide who to vote for and who to love, how can we protect our right to freedom of thought in the digital age?

“To the Past, to the Future, to a Time when thought is free...” Thinking Beyond Orwell’s Thought Police:

As we struggle to navigate our way through the implications of AI and emerging technology, 75 years on from the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, what lessons can we learn from the past to guide our future relationship with technology and with each other?

Finding the freedom to think about a human future in the age of technology:

Technology is increasingly encroaching on our inner lives and our autonomy – how do we manage our technological future while protecting what it means to be human.

Regulating around inner freedom.

As regulators around the world scrabble to keep up with the exponential development of emerging tech and AI, how might law and regulation develop to guarantee our inner freedom for the future.

The Long View of AI Ethics

AI and emerging technologies may pose new ethical challenges, but we don’t need new ethics to address them – what can we learn from the history of philosophy and human rights to plot our technological future.

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Videos of Susie Alegre

Interview - Freedom to Think with Susie Alegre
Interview - Freedom to Think with Susie Alegre
Freedom to Think: The Long Struggle to Liberate our Minds
Freedom to Think: The Long Struggle to Liberate our Minds

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Books by Susie Alegre

Susie Alegre book
Freedom To Think

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