London Dining

4th May 2017

News, Alumni news

Accountability is critical, whether as President of Wadham SU or Public Policy Director of Facebook, Simon Milner (History, 1985) told guests at the Wadham Alumni London Dinner.

In the era of ‘fake news’ Simon discussed the complex relationship that Facebook has with its members and the wider public. 

Alumni were gathered at the Fable in London’s Farringdon for the annual Wadham Society Alumni London Dinner.  Speaking to a packed room, Simon Milner gave a riveting account of the complex nature of policy management at Facebook, the world’s largest social network.

Alumni from across the decades, matriculating from 1957 to 2012, were welcomed by Ross Hutchison (Philosophy & Modern Languages, 1979), President of the Wadham Society, who generously sponsored the pre-dinner drinks reception.

Jane Garnett, Fellow and Tutor in History, updated guests with news from Wadham, including progress on the new building projects. During his speech, Simon reflected on his time at Wadham, weaving the theme of accountability from his time as a student and President of the SU to his role as Secretary of the BBC, and his current position overseeing Policy at Facebook.  He addressed the role of Facebook in the era of “fake news” and the complex relationship the organisation has with its members and the wider public.  His talk concluded with an invigorating question and answer session, giving thoughtful insights into recent global politics, reaction to emergencies, and formulating policy for emerging technology.

Alumnus Richard Guy (Modern Languages, 1957) brought along the dinner card from the Wadham Society’s first every dinner, held in 1963 to the interest of alumni young and old.

The next alumni event will be Wadham Wednesday held 6pm on 24 May at The Inn 1888 in Marylebone.

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