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Talk, Mon 25 Nov 2019, free entry

Dragon Hall Debates - Autumn 2019

Dragon Hall Debates - Autumn 2019

UEA in partnership with National Centre for Writing


From Facebook, to China, to the FBI and MI5, the ways in which we’re watched - and the question of who is watching us - seem to be omnipresent in the news cycle. What problems - and what good - are arising from this world of constant surveillance? In this debate, Chief Executive of Index on Censorship Jodie Ginsberg will explore the censoring effects of surveillance on the press, UEA’s Dr Joe Purshouse will challenge the legality of facial recognition technology and UEA’s Dr Kaeten Mistry will explore what happens after the proverbial whistle is blown.
Jodie Ginsberg is Chief Executive of Index on Censorship and a former journalist who is passionate about the power of words and the importance of debate. Prior to joining Index, Jodie worked as a foreign correspondent and business journalist and was UK Bureau Chief for Reuters news agency. She sits on the council of global free expression network IFEX and the board of the Trust for The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, and is a regular commentator in international media on freedom of expression issues.
Dr Kaeten Mistry is a senior lecturer in American studies in the School of Art, Media and American Studies. Karten specialises in US history, especially the way that American state and private actors have been involved in foreign affairs during the twentieth century. Currently, he is leading the Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded research project ‘Blowing the Whistle: The Hidden History of Whistleblowing and the Rise of the U.S. National Security State’, exploring the long history of national security whistleblowing in the United States and its impact around the world.
Dr Joe Purshouse is a lecturer in criminal law in the School of Law. His research focuses on the protection of human rights for those subject to a criminal process under English law. He has recently published research analysing the police’s use of facial recognition technology as a surveillance method, and whether this use is lawful or operates in a legal vacuum. Joe has published in leading law journals, including the Modern Law Review, Criminal Law Review, and Cambridge Law Journal.
The Dragon Hall Debates - presented by UEA and the National Centre for Writing - tackle the biggest questions in science, culture and politics. Come along and hear from the panel, then join the conversation and have your say. All are welcome, and no prior knowledge is needed.

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Mon 25 Nov 2019 19:00 to 21:00


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115-123 King Street,


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Map reference: TG 235081  Lat: 52.62537 Long: 1.30154

By Road:
From the A47: Take exit for Norwich football ground. Turn right into Martineau Lane, left into Bracondale and right into King Street.

By Public Transport:
From Norwich station it is 5 minutes' walk to Dragon Hall.

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Norwich station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesHas a ramp


  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesAudible alarm system

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesLift equipped with verbal floor announcements
  • YesLift equipped with raised floor numbers or braille numbers or letters
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities