French Minister for Digital Affairs Axelle Lemaire at King’s College London


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A talk with Axelle Lemaire

King’s College London is delighted to invite you to an intimate conversation with Axelle Lemaire, French Minister of State for Digital Affairs and an Alumna of the Dickson Poon School of Law.

King’s College London Principal, Professor Ed Byrne, will introduce Mme Lemaire’s talk, which will be followed by an expert panel discussion with Perry Keller from the Dickson Poon School of Law, Dr Mark Coté from the Department of Digital Humanities, Professor Luca Vigano from the Department of Informatics and moderated by Dr Tommaso Venturini from the Department of Digital Humanities. The audience will then have the opportunity to ask questions of the panel and Mme Lemaire.

Audience members are invited to arrive at the venue before the talk begins at 12.00 for refreshments and to take their seats.

Biography: Axelle Lemaire

Axelle Lemaire has been the French Ministry of State for Digital Affairs since April 2014. She calls her position the “portfolio for imagination”.

Born in Canada in 1974, she studied political science at Sciences Po in Paris and law at the Sorbonne and King’s College London. She worked as a researcher and international lawyer before entering politics as a parliamentary assistant in the House of Commons.

In 2012, Axelle Lemaire was elected in the French National Assembly to represent the French diaspora living in Northern Europe. As the Secretary of the Law Committee and a member of the European Affairs Committee, her main areas of interest were the digital society and digital economy, the protection of human rights and gender equality, and European politics.

Biography: Professor Ed Byrne

Professor Edward Byrne AC is the President & Principal of King’s College London.

He joined King’s from Monash University, the largest university in Australia, where he was President and Vice-Chancellor. Professor Byrne is a neuroscientist and clinician by background. He qualified in medicine at the University of Tasmania in 1974 and subsequently trained as a neurologist in both Adelaide and London.

Professor Byrne has demonstrated outstanding commitment to research excellence throughout his career, including drawing together people from different disciplines to address global challenges and ensuring the quality of student education, the student experience and student employability.

Biography: Perry Keller

Perry Keller is Reader in Media & Information Law and also Associate Dean of School (Education), having joined The Dickson Poon School of Law in 1994. He was previously a Lecturer in Law at the University of Manchester. Mr Keller graduated in 1979 with a BA degree from the University of British Columbia, in 1985 from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Ontario with an LLB degree and in 1991 from Harvard Law School with an LLM degree.

Mr Keller’s principal research work concerns the impact of European and international economic and human rights law in the contemporary media sector, which is itself undergoing a technological and commercial revolution.

Biography: Dr Mark Coté

Dr Mark Coté is a Lecturer in Digital Culture and Society and leads the new MA in Big Data in Culture & Society. He is a member of both the Department of Digital Humanities and the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries. Dr Coté pursued both his Master’s and PhD in the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver.

Dr Coté research entails the materiality of the digital, namely in critically unpacking the mediating environment of cultural practices and political economic relations. He is also interested in the ontology of the digital human, especially as it relates to big data. Dr Coté recently collaborated with artists on the Persona Non Data installation as part of the Big Bang Data exhibition at Somerset House.

Biography: Dr Tommaso Venturini

Dr Tommaso Venturini is lecturer at King’s College London (Department of Digital Humanities) and affiliated researcher at the médialab of Sciences Po Paris, which he has founded and coordinated for six years.

He has been the leading scientist of the projects EMAPS and MEDEA and responsible for the Axis 1 of the project FORCCAST. He teaches Controversy Mapping, Digital Methods, Data Journalism and STS at graduate and undergraduate level.

Dr Venturini trained in sociology and media studies at the University of Bologna, completed a PhD in Society of Information at the University of Milano Bicocca and a post-doc in Sociology of Modernity at the Department of Philosophy and Communication of the University of Bologna. He has been visiting student at UCLA and visiting researcher at the CETCOPRA of Paris 1 Pantheon Sorbonne.


Friday, 15 April 2016 from 11:45 to 13:00 (BST) - Add to Calendar


Great Hall, King’s College London - Strand Campus, London WC2R 2LS, United Kingdom

To register, please click here (free).

Published on 01/07/2016

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