Tag Archives: democracy

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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Technology’s Impact This Week January 23rd 2018


This week’s podcast discusses information technology’s impact on democracy, education, automation and the city of Toronto.

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Technology’s Role in the Rise of Populism – Why The World Has Trump and Might Get Oprah


Many experienced North American participants in the political process were confident that Donald Trump’s election wouldn’t happen. Many in Europe were confident that Britain would vote to remain in the European Community. Many in Scotland were confident that support for … Continue reading

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Technology’s Impact This Week: December 15th 2017


My weekly summary of developments in information technology. All sources can be found in my Twitter feed: @impactofinfo The podcast is developed for the public and University of Waterloo students in MSci 442, The Impact of Information Systems on Society.

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The Impact of Information Technology in Canada – Interview With Sean Mullin, the Brookfield Institute


Sean Mullin, Executive Director of the Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, discusses the impact of information technology in Canada and how public policy should address it. The interviewer is Peter Carr of the Dept of Management Sciences at the … Continue reading

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Technology’s Impact This Week: August 26th 2017


This is the first of a possibly more regular commentary on the impact that information technology is having on society, based on recent developments. This post is based on items posted in my Twitter feed: @impactofinfo  Comments on its value … Continue reading

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My Big Data: Concerns, Opportunities and Policies


The Social Disruption Survey, conducted earlier this year and reported in this blog, identifies Privacy as, of the issues that it considered, the area of greatest public concern in the impact that information technology is having on society. Personal use of information … Continue reading

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Cyber Warfare


Patrick Tucker describes the use of cyber tactics. Shortly after the fall of Saddam Hussein in Iraq, US forces sent text messages to insurgent fighters which told them to assemble at a certain point (eg. a street corner). When they … Continue reading

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The Future of Our Cities


Introduction Thre is intensive discussion of the impact that information technology will have on the future of cities and this post summarises many of the areas that will be affected. this information is important for decisions that are being made … Continue reading

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Questions About Democracy From the US Election


The following post was written the day before the news of allegations that Donald Trump was collaborating with the Russian government due to the possible existence of compromising video material of a sexual nature. This post discusses the challenge to … Continue reading

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