OECD conference “Technology in and for Society”

The OECD conference “Technology in and for Society” will take place as a virtual conference on 6-7 December 2021.

The multi-stakeholder meeting aims to explore values, design principles, and a possible practical agenda for leveraging good governance for critical socio-technical transformations. It seeks to develop a policy agenda to pair the transformative potential of emerging technology with the necessity of good governance: how can we innovate both more and well, i.e. within inclusive processes, with values at the centre, and with lasting positive impact.

Conference aims 
  1.  To explore how the design of policies related to upstream technology governance can help open pathways for needed sociotechnical change while building public trust in the STI system, and preventing or correcting potential negative effects
  2. To pool practical ideas, experiences and knowledge to anticipate longer-term practices, uses and impacts of emerging technologies and develop capacities to promote, steer and cope with sociotechnical change
  3. To explore what kinds of frameworks and multilateral approaches are needed for promoting values-based technology, responsible innovation, and inclusive transitions.

Register to join online and visit the website for more information and to view the detailed agenda.

DAY 1: Monday 6 December

11:30  – 11:50 | Welcome and scene-setting by Mathias Cormann, OECD Secretary General
11:50  – 13:30 | High-level roundtable: Rethinking technology for inclusive transitions
13:40 – 14:10  |  Keynote by Sheila Jasanoff, Harvard University
14:20 – 15:35  |  Panel 1: Building inclusivity upstream: engaging diverse actors in the development of emerging technology
15:45 – 16:20  |  Fireside conversation: Values-driven development of emerging technologies in an international context

DAY 2: Tuesday 7 December

11:45 – 11:55 |  Introduction to Day 2 and Panel 2 (parallel)
12:00 – 13:15 |  2a) Harnessing responsible neurotechnology for brain health
|  2b) Realising net carbon neutrality: the role of carbon management technologies
|  2c) Innovating global health: Collaborative action where markets fail
13:25 – 13:40 |  Panel 3. Setting goals and agendas through foresight and participatory processes
15:10 – 16:20 |  Panel 4. Tools of upstream technology governance: soft law, standards, and ethics-by-design
16:25 – 16:50 |  Concluding remarks and next steps

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