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10 April 2017

Technology Is a Marvel - Now Let's Make It Moral

Illustration by Jasper Rietman Illustration:  Jasper Rietman
"No society in the world has yet stood up to demand greater control over its digital destiny. No country has committed itself to building technology as fair as it is convenient."

Technology is a marvel – now let’s make it moral
by Martha Lane Fox, Opinion, The Guardian, 
10 April 2017

If Britain is bold after Brexit, we can lead the way in demanding more control over our digital destiny

Countless decisions must soon be made about how Britain navigates the world, having cut itself adrift from the European Union. And alongside the obvious things like trade deals and immigration rules, we ought too to make choices about who and how we want to be as a society. What is Britain in the 21st century? What do we value? What do we fight for?

Perhaps, as I have worked in the internet sector my whole life, I view things through biased eyes. But it seems to me that our digital economy must be at the centre of all this: not just the startups that innovate or the speed of the infrastructure, but the ethics and morals that will guide us.

We are in an age of marvellous technology but also of staggering incomprehension. We rely on technology for almost everything – our banks, our healthcare, our transport – but we have no idea how it might work or how to hold it to account. At best, that leads to “understand the necessary hashtags”-style blunders. At worst, it leads to companies having the freedom to make foolish or unethical decisions that put our privacy and security at risk.

These are massive issues, ones yoked to nearly every aspect of our lives and nearly every level of our government. And yet no society in the world has yet stood up to demand greater control over its digital destiny. No country has committed itself to building technology as fair as it is convenient. It is here, in the space where ethics and tech meet, that Britain could become a world leader.

Like the Swiss with luxury and the Germans with efficiency, Britain should build a future based on decency. In this brave new post-Brexit world, let’s choose to be a country that believes technology in and of itself is not enough – that demands it be fair, ethical, and sustainable as well.

Continue reading:
www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/apr/10/ethical-technology-women-britain-internet

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