Tag Archives: democracy

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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Fake News, Why It’s Important and What You Can Do About It


This blog and the University of Waterloo course that it supports are focussed on understanding the impact that information technology is having on society today. Often, there is widespread disagreement on what this impact is. Opinions vary widely and are … Continue reading

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Introduction


Information technology has been associated with most aspects of today’s society. Most significant areas of most people’s lives in developed countries and increasingly in developing countries have a presence of information technology. This blog exists to better understand the implications … Continue reading

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The Future of Democracy


The optimism that the Arab Spring represented the beginning of global democratisation, driven by the internet, has given way to many questions about the future of democracy and the role that information technology will play.  Specifically, what is happening with … Continue reading

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What Should We Do About Globalisation?


The original post in this blog on Globalisation explained the arguments for and against it. Since then political and economic turbulence in the world have led to increasing discussion of how perceived weaknesses in globalisation can be reduced. Economic difficulties … Continue reading

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Interview with Ann Cavoukian, Information and Privacy Commissioner, Province of Ontario


Interview with Ann Cavoukian, Information and Privacy Commissioner, Province of Ontario. The discussion focused on the definition of privacy, how the internet is impacting privacy, privacy in people’s lives and whether privacy is dead. Ann’s concept of Privacy by Design … Continue reading

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