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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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 Socially Disruptive Impact of Information Technology Survey


The impact that information technology is having on society is wide ranging. As information technology enters more areas of peoples' lives globally it is important to consider the nature of that impact. On this blog and in the University of Waterloo course that it supports (MSci 442, The Impact of Information Systems on Society) this …

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Jobs and the Information Technology Enabled Economy


The impact that information technology is having on the working lives of global citizens is a major concern in most developed countries today. Although job numbers are little changed from the past in many countries, statistics show issues with job security and income levels. Job contracts have weakened from the employees' point of view (working …

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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 today by governmental authorities as they consider their investment priorities and the development of their …

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What Should We Do About Globalisation? 2 Years Later


This week the discussion in the MSci 442 course is on technology and globalisation. This discussion is taking place in a very interesting week. Theresa May, the British Prime Minister, yesterday made an important speech on UK policy on Brexit, the World Economic Forum is taking place in Davos and has included a keynote speech …

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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 of this for the world now and in the future. What should we be concerned …

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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 democracy today, what is likely to happen in the future and how does information technology …

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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 in the European community and market fluctuations, particularly in the price of oil, have focussed …

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