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Tuesday, 25 June, 2019 - 12:32

Nothing is more practical than rules to guide thinking. In this post I share the ten rules I use to think about technology and society. Personally I use them as tools to filter the hype that surrounds technology and to get to the critical questions of who benefits and loses, as well as what needs to be done to secure a more equitable society. I previously tweeted a version of these rules, and this posting responds to requests to expand them and to provide some useful links.
 

 

These rules of technology remain under constant revision because technology and society are in contant flux and what I have learnt is inevitably partial and provisional. Nevertheless, some rules have been serving me well since studying, and teaching, Innovation Studies way back in the late twentieth century(!). Other rules I've picked up more recently: as a doctoral researcher at Royal Holloway, as a Gender Tech Fellow at the United Nations University in Macao, and since 2016 co-leading the Digital & Technology research team here at the Institute for Development Studies in the UK.

 

Rule 1. Technology is a...

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