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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Interview With Mariana Valverde: Quayside Toronto


Mariana Valverde is a Professor at the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies at the University of Toronto. This interview discusses the Sidewalk Labs / Waterfront Toronto Smart City project and focuses particularly on the governance aspects of the project. Mariana argues that the existing governance arrangements for project governance, control of the data that …

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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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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 …

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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.

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 …

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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.

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.