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Lawyer and Researcher

Date & Time

Saturday Sat, 4 May 2024


Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India

On the surface, an Indian doctor, a British poet, an UberEats courier in Pittsburgh, and a Chinese activist in exile have nothing in common. But they are in fact linked by a profound common experience―unexpected encounters with artificial intelligence. In her debut book Code Dependent, shortlisted for the inaugural Women’s Prize for Non-fiction 2024, Madhumita Murgia shows how automated systems are reshaping our lives all over the world, from technology that marks children as future criminals, to an app that is helping to offer medical diagnoses to a remote tribal community.

By highlighting the voices of ordinary people in places far removed from the cozy enclave of Silicon Valley, Madhumita explores the impact of this often-exploitative technology on individuals, communities, and our wider society.

Vidushi Marda, a lawyer and researcher, specialises in examining the socio-legal ramifications of data-driven technologies. Her research centers on technology regulation, asymmetric power dynamics, and fundamental rights. Through her endeavors, she collaborates with governments, corporations, and technical communities to promote social justice.

Together, they will discuss and unpack how AI can strip away our collective and individual sense of agency, and shatter our illusion of free will. AI has already infiltrated our day-to-day, through language-generating chatbots like ChatGPT and social media. But it’s also affecting us in more insidious ways. It touches everything from our interpersonal relationships, to our kids’ education, work, finances, public services, and even our human rights. It is already changing what it means to be human, in ways large and small, and Madhumita and Vidushi reveal what could happen if we fail to reclaim our humanity.

A Q&A with the audience will follow.


Madhumita Murgia


Madhumita Murgia is an award-winning British-Indian journalist and author who writes about technology and society. She is currently the Financial Times‘ first Artificial Intelligence Editor, where she covers cutting-edge developments in AI globally and broader issues including surveillance, data privacy and tech regulation. She has spent the past decade travelling the world from Silicon Valley to Seoul, writing about the people, start-ups and corporations shaping cutting edge technologies, for publications including WIRED, the Washington PostNewsweek and the Telegraph. She appears frequently on national radio and TV in the UK, including on the BBC’s flagship Today program and Sky News. Her TEDx Talk, about her personal data being sold by data brokers has been viewed by nearly 200,000 people online. Madhu studied biology and clinical immunology at Oxford University and holds a Masters in journalism at New York University. Code Dependent is her first book and it has been shortlisted for the inaugural Women’s Prize for Non-Fiction.

Vidushi Marda

Lawyer and Researcher

Vidushi Marda is an independent lawyer working on technology regulation, asymmetric power relations, and fundamental rights to advance social justice. She is the co-executive director of REAL ML, a nonprofit organization that translates algorithmic accountability research into impactful interventions that benefit the public interest.

Marda’s work engages with technical, legal, academic and advocacy communities. She has produced pioneering research on machine learning, particularly in non-Western jurisdictions including India, China, and Myanmar. She has been involved in advocacy efforts at the EU level related to the EU AI Act, and is a regular contributor to United Nations resolutions on privacy, freedom of expression, and digital technologies. She also actively engages with technical communities at standardization bodies like the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and research venues including the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

Marda’s work has been cited by the Supreme Court of India in a historic ruling on the right to privacy, by the United Kingdom House of Lords Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence, and by multiple United Nations special rapporteurs. She is an advisor at Data and Society, a member of the IPIE Scientific Panel on Global Standards for AI Audits, and the UN Global Pulse Expert Group