The People vs Technology, An Interview With Jamie Bartlett


Jamie Bartlett's recent book, The People vs Technology, discusses how information technology is impacting democracy. Jamie describes six pillars of democracy and the interview examines each of these in turn, before considering possible solutions to the challenges that this poses for society. The discussion looks at how information technology affects our free will, the rise …

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Globalisation and Technological Change, An Interview With Henning Meyer


Henning Meyer discusses technological change and globalisation in this interview with The University of Waterloo's Peter Carr. The interview looks at the reasons for the forms that technology takes as it changes and the choices that we make in how we use its new capabilities. Henning provides his views on the impact of the global …

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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 future might be like and is a major opportunity for Torontonians and others to influence …

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

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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 independence would remain a minority view (so far it has, but its close). In many …

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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.

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 University of Waterloo.  

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 and on how it might be improved are welcome to pdcarr@uwaterloo.ca This week a book …

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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 technology has many benefits for many people. In addition to enabling global communications, it provides …

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