Author Archives: Peter Carr

The Sidewalk / Waterfront Toronto Development


The Alphabet Sidewalk Labs / Waterfront Toronto development, “built from the internet up”, is an important test bed for the innovative application of information technology in civic life. It has the potential to help us understand what cities of the … Continue reading

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Interview with Innar Liiv, Tallinn University of Technology


The interview discusses the Estonian government’s innovative use of information technology, Innar’s work in computational social science, and how data can be used to develop and manage government policy. Issues related to privacy and social media are explored, including the … Continue reading

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The Impact of Blockchain – Interview with Hanna Halaburda, Senior Economist, Bank of Canada


This interview clarifies understanding of the blockchain and its potential impact in a range of areas. Hanna argues that use of the blockchain for benefit beyond cryptocurrencies is often misunderstood and that more consideration of the need for trusted third … Continue reading

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Our Technological Choices


Adrian Smith, from the University of Sussex’s Science Policy Research Unit, discusses the social impact of technology and how people can influence the direction that technological development takes. The interview is especially relevant amid concerns about the future impact of … Continue reading

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Technology’s Impact This Week March 27th 2018


This week’s podcast discusses the controversy over the use of data by the technology sector and the impact of the current high level of concern about data privacy. It also highlights positive applications of information technology and considers the impact … Continue reading

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Technology’s Impact This Week 20th March 2018


This week’s podcast discusses the Facebook – Cambridge Analytica social media based political influence activity and its implications for the technology sector, the positive benefits of social media based data gathering and use and military based technological innovation, as well … Continue reading

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Technology’s Impact This Week March 13th 2018


This week’s podcast discusses government attitudes towards and possible action on the impact that information technology is having on society, technological innovation for entrepreneurs and larger organisations, how we consume news and China’s social credit score.

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Technology’s Impact This Week March 6th 2018


This week’s podcast discusses the techlash from the right and left, the global impact of automation (including a new McKinsey study of national impact, the impact of automated vehicles in cities and automated recruitment) and Udacity’s 100 % revenue growth, … Continue reading

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Technology’s Impact This Week February 27th 2018


This week’s podcast discusses the US government’s access to data overseas, Unicorn IPO’s, the gig economy, the blocking of a US – China trade deal, smart cities, the Canadian cybersecurity budget and a game to help people spot fake news … Continue reading

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Technology’s Impact This Week February 20th 2018


This week’s podcast discusses information technology’s impact with artificial intelligence, the reports this week of the detail of the Russian’s online activities, more on the impact of cryptocurrencies and a host of other areas.

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