The Asia Scotland Institute has released a vidcast with Professor Alistair Duff, Professor of Information Policy at Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh. Professor Duff addresses the extent to which our 'information society' has enabled us to manage the coronavirus crisis more easily, but highlights the potential simultaneous threats of increased surveillance, loss of privacy and information inequality. The vidcast (c. half hour) can be viewed here:
This interview arose out of Duff's recent article in The Conversation, 'The information society's big test', currently the 4th most-read article from ENU staff, with over 3000 reads.
Topics covered include: the information society thesis; Japan; China; social media; young people; privacy; the generation gap; contact tracing apps; the surveillance society; George Orwell's book 1984