Can Liberal Democracies regulate the power of Tech Giants?

John Naughton
Chair: John Naughton Panellists: Jennifer Cobbe, Charles Arthur, Sarah Wynn-Williams and David Runciman
Date 06/04/2022 at 18.00 - 06/04/2022 at 19.30 Where Lee Hall

A Cambridge Festival and Wolfson Explores GROWTH event: a panel discussion chaired by Prof John Naughton of Wolfson College, Cambridge and the Minderoo Centre for Technology and Democracy, with Jennifer Cobbe, Charles Arthur, Sarah Wynn-Williams and David Runciman, considering the regulation of global technology companies.

John Naughton


The networked world is now dominated by a small number of global technology companies, and Western democracies have finally woken up to the dangers posed by such a powerful and largely unregulated industry. To date, however, the 70+ attempts currently under way to rein in tech power have yielded few results. This is in sharp contrast to the situation in China where the country's huge tech industry seems to have been brought under government control. Which prompts the question: can tech giants only be successfully regulated by authoritarian regimes?


John Naughton (Chair), Wolfson College, CRASSH and the Observer
Sarah Wynn-Williams, Former Director of Global Public Policy at Facebook
David Runciman, POLIS
Charles Arthur, Former technology editor at The Guardian
Jennifer Cobbe, Department of Computer Science and Technology



This event is part of Wolfson Explores GROWTH 2022

Cam Festival logo

What's on

Inger Mewburn

Kicking the can down the road: How to create research impact in seven (not so easy) steps

06/06/2023 at 17.30

We hear terms like ‘research impact’ and ‘engagement’ all the time, but what does ‘impact’ and ‘engagement’ actually look like in practice?