Blog

Hear from Glasgow City of Science & Innovation and its partners about the science issues that matter

Net Benefits - Is the Digital Society Good for Us?

Net Benefits - Is the Digital Society Good for Us? Image: IPPI University of Strathclyde

Is the digital society good for us? That's a question that'll be explored in depth during, 'Net Benefits', an Engage with Strathclyde event. In this blog for Glasgow City of Science, we find out more from the organisers on what to expect...

 

More than ever, we work, live, learn and engage in social networks. But are computers and the networked society a force for good? Or are the fears of new technologies justified?

As part of Engage with Strathclyde week, the International Public Policy Institute (IPPI) are hosting an event, at the University of Strathclyde, which will take stock of our digital society. We will explore the social impact of rapidly advancing technology.

Four leading Strathclyde voices will question, in a series of short talks, the impact of technology in four areas: Work, Health, Education, and Citizenship.

Work

New technologies have transformed the labour market over the last two decades. Although there is rising prosperity, there is also rising wage inequality. There are concerns about “skills mismatches”, and fears that computerisation is putting jobs at risk. What can and should we do? David Wilson, Executive Director of IPPI, will explore the challenges of inclusive economic growth and how labour and educational polices can respond, especially for our young people.

Health

People in Scotland are living longer and the rate of disease is decreasing. While public health is improving, it is improving less quickly compared to other countries. And the health inequality gap between rich and poor persist. New technologies in digital health care will help combat disease and improve care. Will a changing digital society provide opportunities to improve health? Sir Harry Burns, Professor of Global Public Health, will place the emphasis on wellness as the criterion for judging the benefits of a digital society.

Education

Technological advancements can impact on the learning process. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and digital learning have been talked up, but will digital learning transform our learning practices, and universities in particular? Dr Cristina Costa, Lecturer in Lifelong Learning (Technology Enhanced Learning), will look at our changing learning habits, and explore the relationship between technology and education as cultural practices.

Citizenship

Social media is now widespread in political campaigning, especially among young people. One the one hand, it offers a new platform for discussion and deliberation, such as during the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum and the current EU Referendum. However these debates can turn nasty, and there is a need to develop online behaviours so that social media can fulfil its promise. Dr Mark Shephard, Senior Lecturer in Government and Social Policy, will evaluate the recent experience, and outline how we can improve online engagement as an essential ingredient of our democracy.

About us

Since our foundation as a ‘place of useful learning’, the University of Strathclyde, seeks to research, teach and be of benefit to society – to reach outside the University. Strathclyde’s International Public Policy Institute aims to make a difference to the quality, impact and outcomes of public policy in Scotland, the UK and internationally.

Net Benefits - Is the Digital Society Good for Us?, will be held on Tuesday, 3rd May 2016, 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm at the Technology and Innovation Centre. See here for further details and registration

 

Look-out for more posts from Engage with Strathclyde participants on the Glasgow City of Science Blog and follow them on Twitter @EngageStrath


No Comments...


Add a comment

01 06 08 08 Audio Captcha
Add Comment
 

 

What’s happening

This is a living, breathing website with regular updates on news, blogs and events. It’s the place to come back to again and again if you want to know what’s happening in the science and technology world in Glasgow and the West of Scotland.

Subscribe to keep up to date on our latest news, blog posts and events.

News

   

Atomic ‘Trojan horse’ for a new generation of X-ray lasers

An intense electron beam that could be used in the X-ray lasers of the future has been produced in&n...

Read more...


Taking the pulse of carbon emissions could measure climate impact of development

A new way to ‘take the pulse’ of carbon emissions could help track how the industrial developmen...

Read more...


Glasgow Science Centre to host monthly astronomy talks

The David Elder lecture series presents a line-up of fascinating talks by expert astronomers, spacef...

Read more...

Blog

   

Learning to fuel the growth of a more sustainable world

Rachel Clark from the Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) encourages students into s...

Read more...


Glasgow City Region – a new European City Region of Innovation

Glasgow City Region is emerging as a new European City Region of Innovation. Kevin Rush, Director of...

Read more...


Women in STEM: Your point of view – a purposeful study

HR consultant Sara Ferreira-Jeffries shares the story behind Purpose HR's fascinating survey of wome...

Read more...

Events

   

Apollo 11

Documentary marking the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing with never-before-seen footage an...

Read more...


City Center Sci Comm Social

Meet other science lovers at this social event....

Read more...


Culture Club

A monthly gathering of fermentation enthusiasts where you can meet like-minded people and share reci...

Read more...

previous post next post