• Oxford student and former Google employee wins inaugural $100,000 Nine Dots Prize

    30 May, 2017

    35-year-old James Williams, a doctoral candidate researching design ethics at Oxford University, has been announced today (Tuesday 30th May 2017) as the inaugural winner of the US$100,000 Nine Dots Prize. Up against competition from over 700 other entrants from around the world, Williams’ 3,000-word answer to the set question ‘Are digital technologies making politics impossible?’ […]

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  • Extracts from Stand Out of Our Light: Freedom and Persuasion in the Attention Economy

    30 May, 2017

    James Williams won the inaugural Nine Dots Prize with his entry Stand Out of Our Light: Freedom and Persuasion in the Attention Economy. Here are some sample extracts from his 3,000-word response to the question Are digital technologies making politics impossible?   Extract 1: Digital technologies privilege our impulses over our intentions. They are increasingly […]

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  • Over 700 entries submitted to inaugural Nine Dots Prize

    1 February, 2017

    Submissions for the inaugural Nine Dots Prize have closed, with over 700 entries received before the deadline of midnight GMT on 31st January 2017. Answers to the Prize question – Are digital technologies making politics impossible? – have come from all four corners of the globe and from an array of professions including academics, journalists, […]

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  • The Nine Dots Prize on CBC Radio

    28 November, 2016

    Last week, Nine Dots Prize Board member Professor David Runciman appeared on Canada’s national public radio broadcaster, CBC Radio, to talk about the inaugural Nine Dots Prize question. Professor Runciman spoke to Nora Young, presenter of CBC’s Spark, a programme that explores how technology, innovation and design affects our lives. When asked why the Board […]

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  • David Runciman on the Nine Dots Prize question

    31 October, 2016

    Politics at the moment is as noisy as it’s ever been in my lifetime. That is why we at the Nine Dots prize are offering $100,000 for the best answer to the question: are digital technologies making politics impossible? The aim of the prize is to cut through the noise of social and political commentary […]

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  • Behind the scenes of the Nine Dots Prize launch…

    26 October, 2016

    To mark the launch of the Nine Dots Prize, we organised a Rodin-inspired photo shoot – using the iconic image of The Thinker to communicate our aim of encouraging innovative thinking to address problems facing the modern world. Here’s a behind-the-scenes video showing how it was done…

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  • ‘Are digital technologies making politics impossible?’ – Inaugural Nine Dots Prize offers $100,000 for the best response

    21 October, 2016

    A new prize launched today (Friday 21 October 2016) is offering US$100,000 and a book deal with Cambridge University Press to whoever can best answer the question ‘Are digital technologies making politics impossible?’ The Nine Dots Prize is designed to promote and encourage innovative thinking to address problems facing the modern world. Its name references […]

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