SouthViews No. 215, 6 April 2021
Technology and inequality: can we decolonise the digital world?
By Padmashree Gehl Sampath
In this article, the author argues that techno-centric explanations of progress and industrialisation are deeply entrenched in a wider social context that encourages us to ignore the historical roots of current inequalities – which, in fact, are not amenable to a technological solution alone. Making the data economy work for all will require a serious reflection on how we want to frame this debate, and how to align ourselves to a common vision of social progress that technology could help to accomplish.
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This article was tagged: Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data, Data Economy, Decolonisation, Digital Divide, Digital Economy, Digital Industrialization, Digital Technologies, Digital Trade, Digital Transformation, Digitalization of the Economy, Fourth Industrial Revolution, History, Industrialization, Inequality, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Innovation, International Trading System, Internet, Science and Technology (S&T), Social Progress, Technology, Technology Transfer