The ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’: Potential and Risks for Africa – SAIIA

Klaus Schwab, the founder of the World Economic Forum, argues that the single most important challenge facing humanity today is how to understand and shape the new technology revolution. What exactly is this revolution, and why does it matter, especially for Africa? The ‘fourth industrial revolution’ captures the idea of the confluence of new technologies …

G20 Agrees on Policies to Shape the Future of Work for Inclusive Growth and Development: ILO

(Labour and employment ministers of the leading advanced economies and emerging economies (G20) in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler | © BMAS / Lein) Ministers adopted policy recommendations on skills development, social protection, and working conditions for countries to shape a future that works for people around the globe. BAD NEUENAHR, Germany (ILO News) – “G20 Labour and …

Artificial Intelligence for Good @ITU’s Geneva #AIforGood Summit

In partnership with… Driven by the rapid progress in Artificial Intelligence (AI) research, intelligent machines are gaining the ability to learn, improve, and make calculated decisions in ways that will enable them to perform tasks previously thought to rely solely on human experience, creativity, and ingenuity. As a result, we will in the near future …

Shaping the Future of Work in a Digital World – Why Should Development Organisations Care?: IDS

On 13th March, IDS together with the Web Foundation and Nesta, hosted the inaugural Digital Development Summit, with the support of DFID and the DFID-ESRC Impact Initiative.This blog post was the first in a series that was published by organisers and participants over several weeks. Here IDS’s Becky Faith and Ben Ramalingam explain why the future …

Reframing the Debate: A Closer Look at Technological Innovation’s Link to Widening Global Inequality – Part II

(Inequality in Brazil | Oxfam)   One of the hottest topics at the UN Global Dialogue on the Future of Work We Want this month was technological innovation’s impact on widening global inequality. To continue the conversation, I invite you to read this second of our three-part article delving deeper into the global landscape of …

The Future of Work We Want: A Closer Look at Technological Innovation’s Link to Widening Global Inequality – Part I

  The interplay between technological innovation and rising inequality deserves more study and debate. This is a three-part article delving deeper into the global landscape of inequality in relations to extreme technological and wealth – capital – accumulation.   Technological innovation’s impact on the future of work, especially widening global inequality, was a key focus …

G20 Economies Gather to Advance Policies for a Digital Future

Last week’s G20 Digital Economy Ministerial Conference in Düsseldorf, Germany marked the first such meeting of digital ministers of the 19 leading economic nations and the European Union (G20). The conference was one of several ministerial-level meetings held to discuss individual G20 topics in-depth in preparation for the G20 Summit on 7-8 July in Hamburg, …

Can We Turn the Digital Revolution into a Development Revolution?

Today, 3.9 billion people – more than half of the world’s population – do not have access to Internet. This is unacceptable. It deepens existing social and economic divides while creating new ones. The digital revolution must be a development revolution for all. To translate today’s technological breakthroughs into development breakthroughs, we need to harness …