Technology is a fundamental resource for human development.

Technology is a fundamental resource for human development.

Technological change has intended and unintended consequences.

Technological change has intended and unintended consequences.

How should we control the development of technology?

How should we control the development of technology?

Technology must be harnessed for the good of humanity and the planet.

Technology must be harnessed for the good of humanity and the planet.

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Go “Get Chipped”

February 9, 2018
AUTHOR: Katina Michael
FILED UNDER: Editorial & Opinion, Human Impacts, Magazine Articles, Societal Impact

The big issue is the mass scale big data collection strategies using social media intelligence, CCTV, behavioral biometrics using facial recognition and visual analytics to monitor human activities, the keystroke-level tracking of end-users by third parties on Internet websites, the use of in-bound technology devices that conduct ICT surveillance and home monitoring, and even fitness trackers we carry alongside our mobile phone that are set to control our health insurance premiums.

Social Media and Disasters: Highlighting Some Wicked Problems

January 29, 2018
AUTHOR: Asslam Umar Alie and Robert Ogie
FILED UNDER: Communication Technology, Human Impacts, Leading Edge, Magazine Articles

Information generated on social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and Instagram are fast becoming powerful and ubiquitous new sources of time-critical data needed to aid decision making during extreme weather events and emergency situations.

Information Technology in a City Enterprise

January 19, 2018
AUTHOR: David Gancarz
FILED UNDER: Commentary, Ethics, Magazine Articles, Societal Impact, Topics

We must challenge ourselves to transcend our familiar notion of the IT artifact as just an inanimate tool standing by for our use like some sort of mechanical device, neatly separable and distinct from us. It is far more productive to view Information Technology as practice.
Citizen trust and confidence in the public institution and notions of the public good are, in many ways, the bottom line for the public sector.

 

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Profit vs. Society

February 23, 2018
AUTHOR: Jim Isaak
FILED UNDER: Blog Post, Societal Impact

Some cultures and many corporations have relinquished non-financial objectives to the sacred bottom line. Yet there are values beyond profit that tend to dominate our satisfaction as humans. It would be nice if some of these could become the measure of corporate return-on-investment, or the benefits of a given country.