Rory Cellan-Jones

Always On

Wigtown Parish Church
In person & Online event
Sat 25 Sep
12:00 UK
Free, ticketed

This is a live audience event. Participants will be on stage in the venue. The event will also be simultaneously streamed on our website. Online access is free but please pay what you can. Booking for online events is optional, but by reserving an online ticket you will receive a reminder beforehand.

The smartphone is forcing radical changes in the way we live and work. This is an entertaining tour of the technology revolution, chronicling the rise and fall of tech empires, the excitement and wonder of new products and developments, and the clash between early utopianism about the mobile social revolution, versus the bullies and predators poisoning the well of social media. Learn more about the dramatic impact that hyper-connectivity, the smartphone and social media are having on everything from democracy to employment and health.

About the author: Rory Cellan-Jones is the BBC’s chief technology correspondent. He has interviewed everyone from Jeff Bezos to Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk to Tim Berners-Lee. He hosts the BBC weekly podcast Tech Tent and is the author of Dot.Bomb: The Strange Death of Dot.Com Britain.

Sponsored by Scottish Power Energy Network

Always On is available from the Wigtown Book Festival shop HERE

Wigtown Book Festival Events

This year's programme is a combination of physical and digital events. Please ensure you book correctly. Digital events will stream through the homepage of with young adult events streaming through the YA page.

Unless otherwise stated, events will last between 45 minutes - 1 hour.

Full Terms and Conditions for attending this year's Festival in person can be found on our website.

Asking questions
On live-streamed events, questions can be put into the live chat box on YouTube or by clicking the 'ask a question' box below the stream on the homepage of the website and they will be forwarded to the speakers.

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