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We are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2020 Future Leaders’ Competition was Sofia Mancilla, founder of Sección Legal, the first Mexican digital marketplace for legal services. Sofia’s winning submission, ‘The gossip algorithm: no human intervention in the context of AI and privacy’, was published in InterMedia, which was released in October 2020.


The Gossip Algorithm - No human intervention in the context of AI and privacy


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What is this initiative?

The Future Leaders’ Competition was launched in 2018. This year we widened its call for entries to reach an even wider pool of rising stars within the sector who would not normally have access to our events. This ‘Competition for Future Leaders’ seeks to encourage and promote original thought in the areas of communications and policy.

For this year’s competition, entrants were asked to produce a digital report on the topic of Is it possible to breach privacy when there is no human in the loop?


Derek Wilding (Dr)

Derek Wilding (Dr)

Co-Director, Centre for Media Transition, University of Technology, Sydney; President, IIC Australia Chapter
Paul Mitchell

Paul Mitchell

Former Senior Director, Technology Policy, Microsoft Corporation
Lisa Felton

Lisa Felton

Head of Global Policy Programmes , Vodafone Group
Andrea Millwood Hargrave

Andrea Millwood Hargrave

Principal, Millwood Hargrave Ltd
Sohni Kaur

Sohni Kaur

Director, Strategic Engagement & Analytics, Netflix
Ann LaFrance

Ann LaFrance

Vice President, International Institute of Communications

“The IIC network brings together thought-leaders in the tech and media fields. Presenting my entry to the Future Leaders’ Competition at the IIC’s Annual Conference was a fantastic opportunity to engage with senior members of the industry on a wide range of topical issues.”

Angel Fu, Future Leaders’ Competition Winner 2019

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