Net Benefits - Is the Digital Society Good for Us?

Tuesday, 3rd May 2016, 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

Registration from 3:30 pm


More than ever, we work, live, learn and engage in social networks.  Are computers and the networked society a force for good?  Or are fears of new technologies justified? 

This event will take stock of our digital society. Four leading Strathclyde researchers will attempt to assess the net benefits of our networked world.  Issues to be addressed are:

  • How is changing technology transforming the labour market? (David Wilson)

  • How will health inequalities fare in the future? (Sir Harry Burns)

  • How is digital learning changing education as a cultural practice? (Dr Cristina Costa)

  • How is social media transforming our engagement as citizens in political activity? (Dr Mark Shephard)

Registration and refreshments will be available from 3.30pm.

This event precedes the Opening Night of the Images of Research Exhibition which takes place in the same venue.  You are welcome to attend this event as well, please select the additional option when you register.


Who should attend?

Anyone with an interest in technology and society – and how technology is shaping the modern world of work, health, education, government and politics.

Future employers, political leaders, and those working in business, industry, health, education and academia.

No technical expertise is required.

Benefits of attending

This is an opportunity to hear from leading researchers at the University of Strathclyde, and to share opinions and ideas – and to leave better informed about the impact of technology on life and work in Scotland.


David Wilson
IPPI Executive Director
Alison McCormack
phone +44 (0)141 548 3865
Sarah Doherty
phone +44 (0) 141 548 4554

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