Responsible innovation monthly round up – July

Written by Catherine Makin on 24 Jul, 20
Responsible innovation

A regular update on activities within our responsible innovation theme.

What we’ve been doing:

Bristol has signed a global joint statement calling for a human-centred digital transition in cities. Cities have come together to sign the statement in recognition that while digital technologies have been critical in the response to the Coronavirus pandemic they have also highlighted the stark inequalities that shape access to digital technologies and the protection of data and digital rights. Find out more and read the statement here.

Where we’ve been and what we’ve seen:

We’ve enjoyed catching up on insights from States of Change‘s conversations about the COVID-19 crisis. Particularly  engaging was the session on local government innovation: Global challenge, local response? Local Government responses to COVID, which focused on (de)centralisation, localism, balances of power, and the role of local response.

What we’ve read:

Continuing the drive to get devices and connectivity to people to address the digital divide, BT and DfE are supporting families with internet access at community wifi spots. Local Authorities and Academy Trusts will be invited to request vouchers, working with their schools to identify those children who are most in need.

What we want to share:

RightsCon 2020 – a global summit on human rights in the digital age – takes places 27-31 July. The summit will bring together business leaders, policy makers, technologists, advocates, academics, government representatives, and journalists from around the world to address issues at the intersection of human rights and technology.

The UNHCR’s Innovation Service has an open call for proposals on the theme of Digital Access, Inclusion and Participation. This programme aims to enhance UNHCR’s approaches to ensuring refugees have access to digital technology and connectivity.

Last but by no means least, exciting news that tickets to the Anthropology + Technology 2020 conference are now on sale. Organised by Bristol-based Mundy&Anson this two-day conference focused on championing socially-responsible AI takes place online in October. The event will bring together social scientists and AI technologists to foster dialogue and collaboration across the disciplines, with talks and workshops across three streams: healthtech, fintech and smart cities. Last year’s conference provoked energetic conversation and importantly action. We’re excited to join this year’s event which has a line up of inspiring speakers and interactive workshop sessions.

We’re taking a break from the monthly round-up in August, but will be back in action in September.

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