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Constitutional conventions: best practice

For automation to benefit society it must serve human beings—not replace them

Advances in artificial intelligence call us to revisit basic questions about work, love and human purpose.

The licence fee is a fetter on the BBC

The creative and journalistic ambitions of the BBC are held back by its dogmatic commitment to an ineffective and unethical funding mechanism. A subscription service would release creative energy and allow the BBC to fulfil its commitment to public service broadcasting all the better.

OurBeeb forum session 1: funding and the licence fee

On 31 October 2012, OurBeeb held a day-forum at King’s College London to discuss the future of the BBC. Full audio and video highlights start with a discussion between David Elstein and Lis Howell on how to fund public service broadcasting. 

OurBeeb forum session 2: accountability and the Savile scandal

The second session of OurBeeb’s day-forum at King’s College London asked Gerald Kaufman, Dan Hind and Anthony Barnett to present their arguments for establishing a new method of accountability in the BBC, fit for the digital age. 

OurBeeb forum session 3: pluralism, news and current affairs

The third session of the OurBeeb forum at King’s College London saw Iain Overton, Tom Mills, Natalie Fenton and Claire Bolderson challenge the BBC’s claims to impartiality while suggesting ways of redefining journalistic ‘truth’. 

OurBeeb forum session 4: creativity, culture and digital public space

The final session of OurBeeb’s day-forum invited Brian Eno, Tony Ageh, Kamila Shamsie and Bill Thompson to outline their perspectives on the current and future position of the BBC in the UK’s artistic ecosystem. 

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