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FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), in partnership with Amaze, presents the next Roy Stringer lecture with respected entrepreneur and digital champion, Martha Lane Fox. Martha is the UK's Digital Champion and heads up the Race Online 2012 campaign which aims to get the 8.3 million UK residents who have never used the Internet online. She came to prominence after setting up lastminute.com with Brent Hoberman in 1998. She is also a non-executive director of Marks & Spencer, Channel 4 and mydeco.com.
Martha joins a panel of guests including Professor Andy Miah, community engagement expert Patrick Fox (FACT / Arena Housing), Director of Strategy at Aurora Media John Egan, and Natalie Gross, Managing Partner at Amaze, to discuss the democratising role of the web, how digital content can help encourage people who have never been on the Internet to take their first steps online, and the role the cultural and creative industries can play in introducing off-liners to digital content.
Andy Miah is Director of the Creative Futures Research Centre and Chair of Ethics and Emerging Technologies in the Faculty of Business & Creative Industries at the University of the West of Scotland. A Fellow of FACT, Miah regularly publishes in major newspapers around the world, which have included The Washington Post, the Guardian and the Independent and the Huffington Post. He is currently a columnist for the Guardian.
Jon Egan has worked as a communications professional for 25 years as a charity campaigner, political strategist and consultant. He is a regular contributor to regional print and broadcast media and is a director at Liverpool-based communications agency Aurora Media. Aurora developed the 'It's Liverpool' campaign to promote the city.