Technology & Innovation

One of the greatest challenges in regulating technology is to find a balance between privacy and information society, restriction of AI and taking advantage of technological progress, and fascination with machine intelligence and appreciation of humanity. 

In the Technology & Innovation Policy Centre, we take a closer look at the benefits and threats connected with this growing importance of technology. Then, we look for the policy solutions that make technology improve the standard of living and equality within societies rather than bring about Black Mirror scenarios. We invite you to join us in our search for the best policies for the rapidly developing world. If you would like to collaborate with us or to contribute please contact us at policycentre@kingsthinktank.org.

In the result of Covid-19 pandemic technology became a crucial aspect of our everyday life. We need it to work remotely, attend online classes, track the spread of the disease, etc. Our privacy concerns intensified during the debate about efficient disease spread tracking apps, cybersecurity grew in importance since more and more businesses and projects had to move online, growing demand for Internet access incentivise the development of new telecommunication technology. Those are only a few of many issues emerging in the time of the global pandemic. Hence, in the theme for the first semester is the technological response to Covid-19.

In the second semester, we will investigate the impact of technology on economic inequality. The technology can either increase or bridge the economic inequalities. Smart policies are necessary to ensure that the whole of society can benefit from the advantages of technological progress. For instance, growing automatization and AI development lead to the decreased demand for a human workforce. On the one hand, this may result in the growth of unemployment, decreased bargaining power of the workers, low wages and poor working conditions. On the other hand, the increased productivity can result in the introduction of the shorter working week, which will both maintain the employment levels and give people opportunity to improve their living standards by having more time for leisure and building social relationships. This is just one of many examples of how technology can shape the society of the future. Other technology-related opportunities and challenges for equality are the access to technology, transhumanism, algorithmic decision making and more. 

Learn about our ideas on how to make the technology beneficial to society by reading our texts in Spectrum and on the KTT Blog!

Patrycja Jasiurska

Director, Technology & Innovation Policy Centre

Our Policy Centre:

Patrycja Jasiurska

Director

I am a third year Philosophy Politics and Economics student from Poland. I am interested in political philosophy, multilateral diplomacy, economic inequalities and their relation to technological development.

Email: policycentre@kingsthinktank.org

Carlos Beaujean

Editor

I am a third year International Relations student. I am interested in cybersecurity and the impact technology has on the international realm. The influence of Chinese and Japanese policy, in this context, is especially fascinating to me.

Medina Putri

Researcher

Hi! I’m Medina, a third year PPE student. I am particularly interested to explore the impact of Technology & Innovation towards education accessibility and quality & economic inequality.

Our Working Group:

Aneta Swianiewicz

I am a final year Mathematics and Philosophy student. I am very interested in investigating the social impact of emerging technologies, especially when it comes to questions around responsibility for ensuring ethical applications or democratization of access.

Yixin Li

I am a MSci student in Physics and Philosophy. As a half-STEM student, I have keen interests in exploring new emerging technologies. I would like to investigate how technologies could provide innovative changes to our societies/policies.

Oliwia Puto

My name is Oliwia and as a double degree English Law and German Law student, I will be spending the upcoming academic year at Humboldt University of Berlin. I find it fascinating how the development of technology will change the way we live and work, and am extremely curious what impact this process will have on entire societies from the economic and political perspective. In my free time I enjoy reading, travelling and socialising.

Paula Suero Guillermo

Hola! I am a final year PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) student from southern Spain! I am especially curious about how technological innovation re-shapes the dynamics and trends of policy-making in an international arena where issues like climate change and the respect for universal rights such as personal privacy are more prevalent and prioritized than they have ever been.

Mingyu Sin

I am a third year Politics student. I am keen on researching new issues emerged with the development of technology and reshaping the existing policy frameworks about it.