Oxford University’s Centre for Technology and Global Affairs has launched a leading effort to explore the relationship between new technology and international development efforts. As part of this initiative, we are pleased to convene the Workshop on Technology and International Development, which will be held on June 14th in Oxford, England. The event will be held in the illustrious setting of Corpus Christi College, an institution steeped in history located at the heart of Oxford.

In collaboration with the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), the workshop will explore how we can create infrastructures for the ethical use of frontier technologies such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, and drones in the pursuit of international development goals as well as the positive and negative consequences of such applications. The workshop will address, among others, the following topics and questions:

– Technology, Migration, and Humanitarian Responses: How can UN agencies, NGOs, and corporations work together to best understand the human security needs of various segments of migrants and refugee populations?

– Technology, Business, and Poverty Reduction: Can permissionless blockchain systems help small businesses in developing countries join the global supply chain?

The proceedings will include a Keynote Address by Matthew Rycroft, Permanent Secretary of the UK’s Department for International Development and former UK Ambassador to the United Nations. We believe that your deep knowledge and experience in the development field would provide a valuable contribution to the discussion during our times of technological and geopolitical flux.

If you would like to learn more information about the event, please email to Dr. Emre Korkmaz (emre.korkmaz@qeh.ox.ac.uk) and Sheryn Simpson (ctga-events@politics.ox.ac.uk) so that they know your response.

A workshop programme and further logistical information will follow later. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions regarding the event.

We very much hope that you can join us in Oxford in June.

Source: Artificial Intelligence on Medium