Barcelona will be discussing inequalities caused by digitalisation

Barcelona will be discussing inequalities caused by digitalisation

Digital inclusion. A group of international experts are meeting up in Barcelona on 15 November to assess the impact of digital transformation in cities

A group of international experts are meeting up in Barcelona on 15 November to assess the impact of digital transformation in cities in six areas: the digital divide; gender; the ethics of AI; data privacy; digital innovation following the Covid-19 pandemic and the search for a green digital transition.

Werner Stengg, a member of the cabinet of the Vice-President of the European Commission; Morten Meyerhoff, an electronic governance adviser at the United Nations University (UNU-EGOV); Sarah Chandler, a senior political adviser at the European Digital Rights Initiative; Carissa Véliz, a writer and philosopher at the University of Oxford’s Institute for Ethics in AI, and Anne Kaun, a guest researcher and lecturer at the University of Södertorn (Sweden), are just a few of the confirmed speakers.

The “Humanism in the digital age: the urban contribution” day event is organised by Digital Future Society and Barcelona City Council, and will be held at Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau.

Social impact of technology

Critical thinking on the social impact of technology is becoming increasingly urgent, especially in the scenario where emerging technologies such as AI and algorithmic automatisation have been growing at an unprecedented rate.

Global digitalisation continues to widen the inequality gap and the digital divide, phenomena that are growing at different paces around the world. This accelerated and asymmetrical digital transformation requires solutions that approach technological humanism and empower citizens in the urban environment.

What is more, this technological revolution has also demonstrated that digitalisation can be an enabling tool capable of boosting solidarity networks among public and private organisations to ensure essential services and promote social cohesion.

The event will deal with how to build a digital transition that leaves no one behind, protects and strengthens human rights in the digital era and puts people and the planet at the centre of technological deployment.

The event will include several sessions and round tables for identifying, exploring and discussing how to tackle the challenges created by digital transformation. It is open to the public and can be followed in person and online.

You can check out the programme and sign up for the event here.

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