What are the ethical challenges with AI?

Alice Asks our expert panel: What are the ethical challenges with AI?
Is AI eroding our trust in communications and threatening our democracy?


2:30PM – 4:30PM

Cube Theatre, Crescent Arts Centre, 2 University Road, Belfast


Disinformation, misinformation, conspiracy theories and deep fakes… is AI eroding our trust in communications and is it posing a serious threat to our democracy?

Be prepared for a controversial and lively debate as our panel consisting of AI expert, Niall McKeown, CEO of Ionology, communications professional, Martina Quinn, CEO of Alice Public Relations and researcher into extremism and disinformation, Ciaran O’Connor, Senior Analyst at Institute for Strategic Dialogue go head to head! Former BBC journalist Sarah Travers will be moderating the panel and taking questions from the audience.

The rapid technological advancements of recent decades have brought countless benefits but have also eroded trust in communications. We now live in a world where disinformation and misinformation, conspiracy theories and deep fakes are rife – and are posing serious threats to democracy. As we move deeper into the age of AI, it is essential we equip ourselves with the knowledge and skills to use AI ethically.



Meet our Speakers

Niall McKeown, the founder of Ionology, a pioneering digital transformation strategy company, has been at the forefront of blending artificial intelligence with business strategy. Niall has dedicated his career to guiding mid-sized organisations worldwide through the complexities of digital transformation, with a particular emphasis on the ethical and strategic implications of AI.


Martina Quinn is the founder and CEO of Alice, with almost 20 years’ experience in communications. Martina’s specialisms include communications strategy and messaging, identifying creative and tactical PR opportunities for clients, issues / crisis management, and media spokesperson coaching. She has an excellent understanding of stakeholder engagement, politics and public affairs, and has worked on local, general and European elections since she was in her early teens. Martina currently chairs the Board of the Public Relations Consultants Association of Ireland and represents Ireland on the Board of ICCO, the International Communications Consultancy Organisation.


Ciarán O’Connor is a Senior Analyst at the Institute of Strategic Dialogue, working in the Research and Policy unit. Ciarán specialises in researching extremism, disinformation and digital threats to democracy online.


Sarah Travers is a former BBC news journalist and TV presenter, with a keen interest in stories and the people that shape them. Sarah is a familiar face to many in Northern Ireland, where she was news anchor in the BBC newsroom for 17 years, covering high profile stories throughout the Northern Ireland peace process, and key events like the London 2012 Paralympics and BBC Children in Need.

Event Partner: Alice PR


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