36HBSAAL free webinar AI and COVID-19: Balancing privacy, health and the economy

Tuesday, 19 May 2020


18.30 Start Time

AI has become a key weapon in helping to contain and manage cases during this pandemic. Deploying this technology has sometimes meant balancing the need to conquer the virus with the conflicting need to protect individual privacy. Government policies are making different trade-offs between privacy, health and the economy. As the initial crisis gives way to long-term policies and public health practices, governments will need to build trust in AI and the use of personal data to ensure future protections can be deployed and maintained.

This expert panel discussion will be moderated by Kay Firth-Butterfield, Head of AI and Machine Learning at the World Economic Forum.  Panellists will include Irakli Beridize, Head of the Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics at the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI); Tim Spector, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King’s College London whose Covid Symptom Study app has been downloaded more than three million times and Simon Greenman, a Partner at Best Practice AI and member of the WEF’s Global AI Council.

The panel will discuss:

  • What are different country approaches to suppressing the Covid-19 pandemic?
  • How is AI and personal data being used across countries to help in this pandemic, especially for symptom and contact tracing?
  • What are the ethical and privacy issues involved in using AI and personal data?
  • What are citizen attitudes to AI, surveillance and privacy during Covid-19?
  • What should governments do to win trust in the use of personal data and AI technologies?



Moderator and panellists

Kay Firth-Butterfield is Head of AI and Machine Learning, and Executive Committee Member of the World Economic Forum (WEF).  She has been a barrister-at-Law and former part-time judge in the UK and a Professor of Law and International Relations in the US. She is an associate Fellow, Centre for the Future of Intelligence, University of Cambridge; Fellow, Robert E. Strauss Center on international Security and Law, University of Texas. Vice-Chair, IEEE Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems.

Irakli Beridze is Head of the Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics at the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI). Starting in 2014, he orchestrated the first UN Programme on AI and Robotics and is currently involved in detecting security, safety and economic threats and posing global solutions through the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Prior to joining UNICRI, he was special projects officer at the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). He is one of the recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to the OPCW in 2013.

Tim Spector is Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King’s College London. He recently launched the Covid Symptom Study app that has more than three million downloads. The goal is to inform the public as well as provide real-time information on the spread of the illness across the UK. Professor Spector argues that the app was a “more efficient way to track the early signs of coronavirus than testing for active infections” and “two thirds of coronavirus cases in Britain are undiagnosed.”

Simon Greenman is a Partner at Best Practice AI, an AI management consultancy.  He is a member of the WEF’s Global AI Council and is the firm’s lead on their work on the WEF’s Empowering AI Leadership Board Toolkit. He has over twenty years of leadership of digital transformations and innovation at enterprises and start-ups across the US and Europe including the co-founding of MapQuest.com, the first internet mapping and location service. He chairs the HBS Alumni Angels of London, holds a BA in Computing and AI, and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society.




Click here: HBSAAL webinar event on May 19

Alternatively contact Janet Talbut on events@hbsangelslondon.com / 01223 812800



The Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of London (HBSAAL) is not a venture fund, investment bank, broker/dealer, investment clearinghouse, investment portal, or any other form of investment advisor, and is not registered with the Financial Services Authority.  Any information distributed by HBSAAL, its officers and its members is for information purposes only and is not intended to be, and is not, an endorsement, approval or other recommendation with respect to any securities and/or investments.  Dissemination of information does not constitute an endorsement of the accuracy or adequacy of the information.

Potential or actual investors are responsible for obtaining all necessary information for evaluating the relative merits and risk of an investment, as well as engaging their own investment advisor if deemed to be appropriate.  HBSAAL is not responsible for, and shall have no liability for, any investment decisions.  The entering into of any investment transaction will be with the respective company without involvement of, or participation by, HBSAAL.  Potential or actual investors understand that any investment they may make entails substantial risks and need to be able to bear the complete loss of any such investment.