We are pleased to invite you to the free event “Responsible Tech” – the inaugural public talk on Digital Technology and Society hosted by the Masters of Social Innovation and Sustainability (MASS) at Thammasat University. Speakers from FHI 360, UNICEF, UNESCAP and Thammasat University will discuss socially responsible approaches to the design, development and deployment of technological solutions.
Time & Date: 6.30 – 9.30 pm, 2nd of May 2019
Location: WeLearn on the 2nd Floor of the Maneeya Center, 518/5 Ploenchit Road, Lumpini, Bangkok. Note: The Maneeya Center is next to the Chit Lom BTS. It can be accessed directly from the raised walkway on the left side before the Amarin Plaza.
To register for the event, click here HERE. Note there are limited seats available.
JOSH WOODARD – FHI 360
Josh has over ten years of experience in the international development space, primarily focused on helping people use digital technology more effectively and appropriately to achieve development outcomes. He is extremely passionate about advocating for the ethical and responsible use of digital technology, particularly as it relates to first generation users of tech in emerging economies.
Topic: Mitigating the Harmful Use of Tech. Josh will talk about why tech developers and organisations using tech (such as NGOs and government agencies) need to be more proactive about identifying and mitigating against harmful uses of tech.
EMMA DAY – UNICEF
Emma is a human rights lawyer specialising in children’s rights and is currently Senior Child Protection Consultant for UNICEF’s East Asia & Pacific Regional Office. She is inspired, amazed and troubled by the fourth industrial revolution in equal parts.
Topic: Child Online Protection in East Asia and the Pacific. Emma will discuss how can we best protect children as their lives increasingly intertwine with technology? – What should governments do and what should the ICT industry do itself?
ATSUKO OKUDA – UNESCAP
Ms Atsuko Okuda is the Chief of the ICT and Development Section of the ICT and Disaster Risk Reduction Division (IDD) of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), in Bangkok, Thailand. In her current assignment, she promotes the development of regional broadband connectivity and inclusive broadband through the Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway (AP-IS) initiative.
Topic: Digital Inclusion. Even though technologies are rapidly advancing, half of the people in the world are not fully connected, and the gap is widening rapidly. Atsuko will describe UNESCAP’s research and analysis of the gaps in digital connectivity and their proposals for how member countries can address these gaps.
DANIEL MCFARLANE – THAMMASAT UNIVERSITY
Daniel gained his PhD from the Australian National University and is now a lecturer in Thammasat University’s School of Global Studies. His research and teaching focus on the intersection of technology, business mindsets and social society. He is passionate about understanding the relationship between communication technologies and social change. He is currently working on a book about how Cambodia became connected.
Topic: Social Biases in Data and Tech Deployment. Daniel will discuss how social biases become embedded in the data that we use to understand the world and predict the future. He argues that we need to unpack and challenge these biases if we are to create a digitally inclusive and just society.