The ESU are delighted to invite you to our upcoming debate at Dartmouth House, on Thursday, 19 October.
As we increasingly rely on technology in our everyday lives, the question of online safety becomes more pressing. How do we navigate the delicate balance between technological advancement and our personal safety?
The motion for this debate is: ‘This house believes that the fight for online safety is a lost cause.’
We are please to announce that the speakers for this debate are:
Racheal Muldoon is an internationally recognised barrister in the intersection of technology and law with deep expertise in AI and emerging technologies. Racheal has also recently been shortlisted for the Technology, Data and Crypto Junior Barrister of the Year The Legal 500 (Legalease) 2023 Bar Awards.
Orhan Ahmed has a distinguished background in online safety and technology, drawn from his career as a Fraud and Disputes Operations Manager at Monzo Bank. Additionally, Orhan has strong debating experience as the former convener for the University of Aberdeen Debate Society.
Zain Hussain is a lawyer, actor, and treasurer of the ESU Speech and Debate Committee. Zain was the winner of the ESU’s Great Law Debate competition 2017. Zain was called to the bar earlier this year, and decided against practicing law to build a startup focusing on improving safety for online platforms. Zain has a deep understanding of tech-enabled fraud and has academic contributions in this area. Prior to this, Zain spent four years at Monzo Bank where he oversaw fraud prevention. He has also worked as an actor with a number of small roles across HBO, BBC, and Netflix productions. Zain has also co-founded a social mobility charity providing mentoring for state-school students.
Hash Syed currently serves as a Regional Product Lead at Google, overseeing Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. His career has included tenures at prominent tech companies such as Meta and Microsoft, where he cultivated extensive experience in technology and artificial intelligence. In addition to his corporate endeavours, Hash has a substantial background in non-profit work.
Doors will be open from 6pm and the debate will begin at 6.30pm sharp.
Following the debate Dartmouth House’s bar will remain open until 9pm to allow attendees to mix and share ideas.
All proceeds from this event will support the ESU Schools’ Mace debating competition. Find out more about the competition here.