Rob Reich (Stanford University), George Triantis (Stanford University Law School), and Eli Sugarman (Cyber Initiative at William and Flora Hewlett Foundation) speak at the Feb. 2017 Data on Purpose / Do Good Data conference “From Possibilities to Responsibilities” presented by Stanford Social Innovation Review and the Digital Civil Society Lab at the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. For more information on the conference, visit ssirdata.org.
Digital technologies have been produced and introduced into markets with little consideration of their short- or long-term social ramifications. In some cases, there is an optimistic premise that market forces or government action will correct for unforeseen problems. The prospect of path dependencies from market-driven adoption of technologies, however, raise large and complex questions as to their largely unintended impact on social welfare.
Reich, Triantis, and Sugarman discuss the Stanford Cyber Initiative and the growing realization that given the wide range of human activities and social systems undergoing fundamental transformation through waves of new digital technologies, the need for better understanding of cyber-social systems is urgent and requires a new analytical approach.