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PCI Community Call – Technology for Humanity with Sarah McCue

November 7, 2021 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am PST

We are pleased to announce that Sarah McCue will join us on Sunday, November 7th at 8:30 AM PT ( 11:30 AM ET)

Topic: Technology for Humanity: Will Connectivity Progress Humanity?

The United Nations estimates that 3.6 billion people, almost half of the world’s population, currently lack access to the Internet.  However, in less than a decade, the UN is predicting that most every person will have safe and affordable access to the Internet.

This universal connectivity is expected by 2030, and it is breathtaking to ponder what the world will be like when most are interconnected.  Will greater peace, prosperity, education, cultural understanding, transparency, and overall happiness increase, or, instead, will universal access to the Internet result in more war and violence, less prosperity, no greater access to education, the same levels of corruption, and a world population that is more anxious, isolated and depressed?

To predict the future, we must know our past.  We must understand how connectivity has profoundly changed our way of life since the Internet took hold in the mid-1980s, including impact on mental and physical health, loss of human connection, transformation of physical communities, loss of privacy, and attacks on truth.

 

  • Loss of Human Connection
  • Transformation of Physical Communities
  • Loss of Privacy
  • Attacks on Truth
  • Is There Hope That Connectivity Will Progress Humanity?

 

See the attached document “Technology For Humanity” for more on the outline above.

About Sarah McCue

A well-known advocate for the innovative use of information and communication technologies in developing countries, Dr. Sarah McCue is the author of several technical books and social entrepreneur.

She is founder of BluWorld, launched in collaboration with Google and Cisco Foundation to provide opportunities to youth in developing countries; co-founder of The Remembering Site, a memoir-writing platform to write and preserve the stories of our elders; and is founder of Women with 2020 Vision to empower women through online mentoring, initially funded by the Elon Musk Foundation. She has served the United Nations as manager of the United Nations Development Program Information and Communications Technology for Development practice; Panel of Advisers to the United Nations Global Alliance for Technology and Development; World Bank senior partnership adviser for the technology industry; senior adviser to the United Nations International Trade Centre as well as consultant to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, United Nations Industrial Development Organization, and World Bank. She served as President of WorldQuant University, a worldwide accredited master’s degree program in quantitative analytics, and donates her time to serve on the Board of Directors of several emerging firms and organizations to bring innovative and transformative technology and online education opportunities to underserved regions, and is currently chairperson of A Nobel Campaign to encourage awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to the founders of the Internet. An innovator and change agent at heart, she is a team member recipient of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s 2014 Robert H. Goddard Honor Award for Quality and Process Improvement and the 2015 NASA Group Achievement Award.

 

 

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November 7, 2021
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8:30 am - 9:30 am PST
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