Technology & Innovation

During the first semester of the 2021/22 academic year, the Technology & Innovation Policy Centre will be focusing on the theme of Security, Censorship and Regulation. In the ongoing battle between states and big tech firms, users pay the highest price. The push to regulate the tech industry, through legal or administrative action by authorities, has proven to be a double-edged sword. While a handful of these interventions stem from genuine attempts to crack down on issues such as data misuse and market manipulation, several authorities have exploited these concerns to masquerade efforts to subdue free expression and extract private data. Although over-censorship presents an unprecedented threat to free expression, the unregulated proliferation of false, malicious and manipulated information remains a formidable concern. The effects of conspiracist disinformation were evident in the aftermath of the 2020 US Presidential Election, resulting in a divide in public acceptance and even inciting mob violence in the Capitol. Other pressing issues we wish to explore include the regulation of artificial intelligence, cyber-attacks and the role of technology in armed conflicts.

Our second theme for the year will focus on the government, economy and public service innovation. Advancement into the digital age has broadened the scope for the improvement in access and quality of the delivery of public services. Technologies such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality, cloud services, quantum computing and blockchain have opened new possibilities for innovative, inclusive and streamlined services. The applications of this new wave of tech range anywhere from the delivery of payment services, digital economy, education and health innovation to digital twin city planning simulation and more. Artificial intelligence alone has the potential to save up to 1.2 billion hours of government administrative work – however, the key to truly transformative innovation is to utilise these technologies in synergy, not in isolation. Policies that enable and empower innovative change, whilst also bridging the digital divide and providing adequate regulation, play an increasingly significant role in realising a modern and accessible world for all.

At the Technology & Innovation Policy Centre, we welcome any ideas or contributions you may have and would like to encourage you to join the debate on these topics. If you are interested in participating in our work, please contact policycentre@kingsthinktank.org for more information. 

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

Justin Choo

Director, Technology & Innovation Policy Centre

Our Policy Centre:

Justin Choo

Director

I am a third-year medical student with an interest in how technology can alleviate health and socioeconomic inequalities. In particular, I am interested in how digital health technology can provide creative solutions to complex challenges faced by the healthcare industry, especially in developing countries. Outside of policy, I like to play music and do Muay Thai/kickboxing!

Email: policycentre@kingsthinktank.org

Megan Low

Editor

I’m a third-year Political Economy student with a keen interest in Government Technology & Innovation. Specifically, the role artificial intelligence plays in revolutionising the delivery of public services and how it can mitigate socio-economic inequality. In my spare time, I love hanging out with my family and playing the drums on TikTok!

Fannesa Laksmita

Liaison Officer

I am a masters student in War Studies. I am interested in learning the role of technology in armed conflicts and the inequalities in the adoption of technology. Outside of school, I like to eat a lot and socialise with cats.

Our Working Group:

Marco Galai

I am a second-year Political Economy undergraduate and my policy interests focus on tech sustainability, privacy and the ‘right to repair’ of customers – which aims to enable customers to be able to get their devices fixed at a service or to be able to repair them at home instead of replacing them. Outside policy, I like to game or try to DJ on my laptop but I also enjoy going out with my friends to somewhere with nature.

Mathilde Guibert

I am a third-year medical student with an interest in how technology can I am a third year French and English law student from France. I am eager to understand the technical and ethical challenges to the regulation of artificial intelligence and social media. In my spare time, I enjoy socialising, music and reading.

Anna Padiasek

I am a second-year Philosophy, Politics and Economics student from Poland, interested in government technology’s impact on the delivery and quality of public services. I am also curious to investigate innovative solutions to climate change. In my spare time, I enjoy biking around the city, going to the cinema and perfecting the art of making the best cup of coffee.

Ishita Uppadhayay

I’m a third-year English student with policy interests in the digital economy, internet censorship and regulation, and the intersections between gender, economics, and technology. My other interests include philosophy, journalism, and music.