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Technology can be—and has been—used in ways that both help and harm humanity. On the up side, advancements in digital technologies have been a huge factor in making progress on world-changing initiatives like the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals. On the downside, the misuse of technology can threaten privacy, erode individual and collective security, and fuel inequalities.
How can we harness and develop digital tools that can help us create a more sustainable and equitable world? How do we weigh the risks and opportunities of technological revolutions in global health, social media, work, and data? How can we manage technology in ways that bridge the gap between the future we want and where we are currently headed?
As part of the UN's 75th anniversary, we asked individuals and organizations to join us in a Leap Day #UpChat on Twitter to discuss these questions and how we can make leaps in technology work for us all. Here are some highlights from the enlightening, informative, and inspiring discussion.
Q1: Technology can be a great equalizer. How has it been used to improve humanity?
@Upworthy @JoinUN75 A1: Since 2000, over 400K technology and science-focused projects were funded on our site. Our… https://t.co/nrbUhpf3ar— DonorsChoose (@DonorsChoose)1582909924.0
A1. Brilliance is evenly distributed around the world, yet resources are not. Technology is the most powerful tool we have to narrow this accessibility gap. #UN75 #UpChat
— Watsi (@watsi) February 28, 2020
From 👁️ scans for registering refugees... ... to the photos of family members left behind on their 📱... Tech has… https://t.co/IpzghQMnQ3— UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency (@UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency)1582908121.0
A1: The advancement of technology has helped increase the access to information and services that would otherwise b… https://t.co/Ne823lQI27— Tony Sheffler (@Tony Sheffler)1582909630.0
One very recent personal example: I was involved in a car accident with a Korean woman who spoke no English and she… https://t.co/uwxzZ4u0Va— Kayem 🇱🇾 (@Kayem 🇱🇾)1582910146.0
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