This house believes that open technology and standards have widened social injustice.


The debate delivered an entertaining evening of music, argument and fund raising for the Big Issue Foundation. There were impassioned contributions, both from the invited speakers and from the floor – check out the video of the debate and photos from the whole evening.

Once the intellectual joisting was done, the audience filed out to vote on the motion for the ‘Ayes’ or the ‘Noes’. And the result? Amazingly, and without even the hint of a fiddle, the result was a tie 38:38. So maybe there’ll be calls for a rematch sometime in the future…