UCC wants 100 people to discuss the future of the Internet

By: September 13, 2020
University College Cork wants to recruit 100 members of the public "from all walks of life" to give their vision for the future of the Internet.

University College Cork wants to recruit 100 members of the public “from all walks of life” to give their vision for the future of the Internet.

On October 9 and 10, the EITIC research cluster in Cork University Business School, UCC will organise an online conversation to give a voice to people on how the Internet impacts their lives. The EITIC will then create recommendations to submit to decision-makers at a local and regional level.

The event is being hosted in conjunction with Missions Publiques.

“This is a unique opportunity for citizens to influence the global research agenda in order to create a better society in which to live,” suggest the organisers.

You can apply here.

At a time when the Internet is becoming the “backbone of our social interactions”, the current pandemic reflects the urgent need for this discussion.

The topics up for discussion include:

Internet and me
How do we navigate our digital world? Has COVID changed everything? Can we live without the Internet? What are the main risks linked to digitalisation?

Building a strong digital identity
More and more of our life is taking place online. The COVID outbreak has drastically accelerated this movement. How should we handle our data? Who should own them? What about the balance between individual privacy and collective security?

Creating an inclusive digital public sphere
The traditional channels of information and the way citizens make their mind has changed profoundly in the past ten years. Access to information has grown exponentially. At the same time, many challenges have arisen like Disinformation (“fake news”) or cyberbullying. How can we ensure a high quality of the online discussion? Do we need to moderate the contents?

Governing artificial intelligence
Computer programs are making more and more decisions: Artificial Intelligence brings a series of tremendous opportunities for society. But what are the limits of this development? How to make sure that it is beneficial for all?

To register your interest in partaking, please go here or contact Dr. Wendy Rowan wendy.rowan@ucc.ie, Dr. Stephen McCarthy Stephen.McCarthy@ucc.ie, or Dr. Carolanne Mahony carolanne.mahony@ucc.ie.