Digital Societies

Digital Societies

Digital technologies are rapidly transforming traditional economies and outpacing the legal and policy frameworks that ensure citizens’ privacy and civil liberties. Yet, digitalization is also the key to future innovation, offering promising new approaches for green technologies, creating new sectors of the global economy, facilitating democratic exchange and transparency, and rapidly increasing the pace of scientific discovery. We support a nuanced transatlantic dialogue on the challenges and opportunities of the digital age for democratic societies and the transatlantic partnership.

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How GDPR Is Driving the US Privacy Legislation Debate

While US companies might dominate the tech industry, the European Union is leading the way on digital rights. By regulating a key part of the global market, the EU has put data protection on the agenda around the world. In the United States, reeling from the realisation that the control of data affords Big Tech enormous economic and political power, politicians from both sides are now calling for reform.

By Sabine Muscat

Global Governance for the Future: Digitalization and Decent Work

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There are sweeping changes underway in production due to automation and digitalization, particularly in Indonesia. What policy changes should governments, the World Bank, and the IMF enact in order to ensure the creation of decent work for growing labor forces?

Start-Up Detroit: How the Tech Revitalization Deepens Inequalities

Tech start-ups across the country like to portray themselves as savvy social entrepreneurs – whiz kids who use simple, data-based technologies to make our cities “smart” and “open.” But in the rush to modernize, the new generation of tech enthusiasts often neglects the complexities of urban communities, the tangled histories of racial discrimination and deep-seated socioeconomic divides. 

By Shilpa Jindia

The Makers who dream about low-cost healthcare solutions

Based in Brooklyn, the Health Maker Lab uses 3D printing technology to produce low-cost prostheses and medical instruments, with the aim of radically shifting the "relationship between the 1% and 99% of the population.” Hbs Media Fellow Giorgio Ghiglione met with one of its founders. 

By Giorgio Ghiglione
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