Technology in and for Society: Innovating well for inclusive transitions

December 6, 2021


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Dec 6, 2021
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Welcome, Scene-Setting and High-Level Roundtable: Rethinking Technology for Inclusive Transitions

The OECD Secretary-General will provide welcome remarks, followed by a High-level roundtable. How to drive systems transitions in energy, food, global health, and transport is a critical challenge for the world. Systems change must be simultaneously social and technological and novel technologies – whether digital, material, biological or all three – will certainly play an important role. However, based on previous experiences, the impacts of new technologies are often both positive and negative and these impacts can be unevenly distributed, with potentially disruptive consequences. For this reason, the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals and a number of related declarations and agreements urge countries to foster innovation and technological development within a broader context of poverty eradication, responsible consumption and production, and inclusive and sustainable growth. ● What values, principles and policies must be operationalised to ensure a just and values-centred technological transformation? ● How can public policy and governance help ensure that both the development and implementation of technology in these sociotechnical systems will be inclusive? ● What kinds of discussions and policies will be necessary to align sociotechnical change with societal values and address concerns?