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 relationship between the citizen benefits of data based services and their privacy concerns.

The interview was conducted by Peter Carr of The University of Waterloo’s Department of Management Sciences.

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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 parties required. the interview also discusses the impact of blockchain in the financial system, supply chains and globalisation.

Hanna Halaburda is a senior economist in the Bank of Canada and she was speaking with Peter Carr of the University of Waterloo’s Department of Management Sciences.

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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 technology on people’s work and personal lives.

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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 of 5G mobile connectivity on the digital divide and whether protectionism being enacted today is too late (if it ever was a good idea).

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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 as other interesting topics in the impact of information technology in society.

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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, as well as many other interesting topics.

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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 as well as many other interesting topics.

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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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Technology’s Impact This Week February 13th 2018


This week’s podcast discusses information technology’s impact with cyberwarfare, children, blockchain and cryptocurrencies as well as the passing of John Perry Barlow and a new book from Steven Pinker.

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