About

 

Areeq Chowdhury is the founder of the think tank WebRoots Democracy which explores the intersection of technology and democratic participation. He’s also Head of Think Tank at Future Advocacy focusing on the social, economic, and political impact of artificial intelligence and emerging technologies.

Areeq was born and brought up in Manchester and studied Economics and Political Science at the University of Birmingham where he began researching the relationship between the internet and political participation. After graduating in 2013, he moved to London and has worked at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; the London Assembly; the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport; KPMG; and the UK Parliament.

He has written op-eds for the New Statesman, the Telegraph, the Huffington Post, Media Diversified, and the Fabian Review. He has participated in a number of media discussions across television, radio, and podcasts on topics related to technology and democracy.

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Media

Areeq has participated in a number of media discussions across television, radio, and podcasts on topics related to technology and democracy. He has been invited as a guest on programmes across the BBC including BBC News; BBC Breakfast; Newsnight; Victoria Derbyshire; Daily Politics; and Click. He has also taken part in discussions on Al Jazeera, Sky NewsTRT WorldLBC, talkRADIO, and the podcast, Ctrl Alt Delete.

Examples of these appearances can be found below.

Al Jazeera – Facial recognition technology

LBC – Facial recognition technology

Beyond 100 Days – Facebook ‘deepfakes’ ban

Sky News – Potential impact of deepfakes on society

Victoria Derbyshire – Technology and democracy

talkRADIO – Potential impact of deepfakes on society

Victoria Derbyshire – Facial recognition technology

Newsnight – Free speech and political correctness

Contact

Want to get in touch? Areeq can be contacted by email at areeq@webrootsdemocracy.org or on Twitter @AreeqChowdhury.

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