Versus is the live, online and global debate series from the world's leading forum for debate, Intelligence squared.
We bring world experts to the fray to tackle the most divisive topics of our time: from drone warfare and the right to bear arms, to hip hop and the war on drugs.
Uniquely, Versus is built around the premise that you, the audience, should be able to join the discussion from wherever you are in the world.
With speakers taking part live in London and beamed in via Google+ Hangout, we are generating a global conversation, with thousands of viewers watching online via YouTube and versus.intelligencesquared.com.
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Or is it a complement? Tonight at 6.45pm (UK time) we’ll be debating so-called ‘smartphone journalism' and how it’s changing the face of news with panel of leading journalists and experts including Will Self, Jessica Mayberry and Simon Ostrovsky http://bit.ly/R80weR If you have any questions for our panel, write them in the comment box and we’ll put the best to our speakers during the debate #iq2news
Every Friday post a new podcast free to download and listen to. This week, check out their debate, "Let the Bad Guys Be: The Perils of Foreign Intervention", with Rory Stewart and David Aaronovitch https://bitly.com/iq2podcast Where do you stand?
We're delighted to announce that tomorrow night we'll be hosting a debate on the future of journalism with . It's called "Smartphone journalism: the changing face of news" and we'll have a selection of the worlds' leading journalists and commentators holding forth, including Will Self and Paul Conroy. The debate will be streamed live on this page from 6.45pm (UK time) - we hope you can tune in.
Important announcement number two: we’re changing our page name to Intelligence Squared.
Since 2011 the Versus events have been an important part of Intelligence Squared's work, with fantastic debates on Hip Hop, the War on Drugs and drones to name a few. The Versus format has worked brilliantly for bringing world experts together on the most provocative and important topics of the day, and we’ll continue to use it. But to ensure that we can focus all our attention on one page rather than two, and so that we can make our home on G+ as engaging and easy to find as possible, we're bringing all our events under the Intelligence Squared banner.
We hope you continue to enjoy watching, debating and commenting on this page.
From the Intelligence Squared team
Unprecedented levels of security are being implemented around Sochi, the host city of 2014 Winter Olympics, with some 37,000 staff on combat alert. However, according to the latest poll conducted by the Kremlin-funded TV channel, 48% of people are looking forward to a high-class sporting event but less than a third expect security troubles. Are the Russian people right to trust in their security forces? Tell us what you think!