Digital technologies are now an indispensable component of virtually all activities of a modern economy. They significantly increase economic efficiency but are also vulnerable to cyber attacks. Critical infrastructure, such as smart power guides, air traffic control and sensitive data stored in computer systems can be compromised or even disabled through a variety of cyber attacks.
Along the benefits, however, come a number of serious concerns, both social and psychological, including phenomena such as trolling the use of bots and internet-addiction. Our challenge lies in using digital technologies for the benefit and welfare of mankind, while mitigating, if not eliminating the negative consequences.
Current and anticipated developments in technology, such as advances in automation, artificial intelligence and machine learning, are leading to concerns about their impact on jobs. Many employment streams we are familiar with today may be rendered redundant in the next few decades.
During the past decade, with advances in digital technologies and rapid increase in the penetration of the Internet, media has undergone a dramatic change in the manner in which news is gathered, disseminated and interpreted.
The session will explore how advances in technology are impacting social interactions and human behaviour particularly in a country with strong traditions and deeply ingrained patterns of thinking.
Expectations that the Internet would provide a suitable place for the flourishing of democracy have recently encountered some grave setbacks. The rise of monopoly control within platforms of communication has greatly magnified the economic and political power of oligarchies. Looking for connection and community, do we now encounter something entirely different?
The aim of this talk is to demystify terms associated with our online presence. Informed user understanding of this language can empower the person to take control of the narrative versus being controlled by the same narrative if this lexicon mystifies them.
The aim of this talk is to analyse how digital technology has enabled a more widespread start-up culture with reference to India and the US, their impact on public goods like health, education and micro-finance, the viable business models in this space and digital technology as an enabling and empowering instrument for women.
Keynote address on ‘Technology and Society’ introducing a new talk series ‘Metamorphoses'
By Professor Yochai Benkler – Berkman Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studiesat Harvard Law School & faculty co-director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.
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