Thursday 21st February 2019

Transmission Prize 2019

Come to see Jamie Bartlett, author of ‘The People Vs Tech’ and ‘The Dark Net’, and Carl Miller, author of ‘The Death of the Gods’ - winners of the Salon London Transmission Prize 2019 - debate one of the big questions of our time - will democracy survive the internet?

The internet was meant to set us free. But have we unwittingly handed too much away to shadowy powers behind a wall of code, all manipulated by a handful of Silicon Valley utopians, ad men, and venture capitalists? How can our delicately balanced system of government cope - created as it was - long before big data, total information and AI, asks Jamie Bartlett. Brilliantly answers Carl Miller - in fact, smart countries and organisations are already harnessing the power of technology to make democracy stronger and smarter than ever.

As you can see - they very much disagree - delve into tech and democracy with these two prize winners as they fight it out - and find out on which side you come down this February Salon London.

And if that wasn’t exciting enough…the gorgeous Helen Bagnall and Juliet Russell will be running through the biggest ideas they’ve heard on the Salon stage in 2018…a tough job after such an amazing Salon year!

21st February 2019. Secret Covent Garden Location. Doors 7pm. Tickets are £15. Or why not become a member and get access to all the Salons in the year?


About the Transmission Prize

Established in 2013, Salon London's annual Transmission Prize rewards writers, speakers, scientists, philosophers and activists for their groundbreaking ideas and the way they communicate them.

Jamie Bartlett and Carl Miller join an illustrious list of previous winners, including economist Kate Raworth for her radical rewrite of 200 years of theory, Doughnut Economics; Theodore Zeldin for his book, The Hidden Pleasures of Life; joint 2015 winners Margaret Heffernan for A Bigger Prize, and Dr Julian Baggini for The Virtues of the Table; writer and broadcaster Claudia Hammond for her psychological exploration of time, and Professor David Nutt for his honest look at the harm of all drugs in Drugs - Without the Hot Air: Minimising the Harms of Legal and Illegal Drugs.

Transmission is Salon's celebration of the incredible work that our speakers do to get their incredible work to audiences. Through our winners, we can engage with ideas at a deeper level and maybe even change the world.