Dr Ian Brown considers how far societies can shape the development of computing and communications technologies, so that they serve the public good as well as private interests? How can technologists translate values such as privacy into hardware designs, software code, and system architectures? Should – and can – governments intervene effectively to ensure this happens? And who decides what those values should be? This is an annual lecture series hosted by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford. Exploring the newest research emerging from Oxford this lecture and discussion will consider how research at Oxford impacts on the world in the twenty-first century. This lecture has been made possible by the generous support of the Romanes Fund.