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White papers

Produced from the inaugural Society 4.0 Forum, held in Melbourne in November 2018, focused on Shaping the Digital Economy for Good.

Launched in 2018, our Society 4.0 initiative includes a yearly event – the Society 4.0 Forum – and a program of research and development with partners to vision a future for society. 
We've created seven digital white papers, listed below, scroll down to view the videos or transcripts. 

  • Data, technology, systems and transformation Nick Davis
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Australia Ed Santow 
  • Realities of community organisations using data and data analytics in the USA Viki Englert
  • What happens when user voice, collaboration & tech collide in the non-profit sector? Tris Lumley
  • How will the data economy affect work? Beth Webster
  • Industry & Society 4.0 Bronwyn Fox
  • Work in the data economy - what action is needed now to ensure good work for all? Andrew Dettmer
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Data, technology, systems and transformation

Nick Davis (World Economic Forum) spoke about the need for humanity to be the core focus of the 4th Industrial Revolution.

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Australia

Ed Santow (Australian Human Rights Commission) spoke about the risks and threats of big social change, especially regarding the trend for trusting machines to make important decisions for us, rather than trusting other human beings and their decision making abilities.

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Realities of community organisations using data and data analytics in the USA

Vyki Englert's (BrightHive) discussion centered around practical advice for practitioners. Based on the presumption that the technology the government needs isn't hard, instead change is hard, and a belief that technology could solve society services problems faster.

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What happens when user voice, collaboration & tech collide in the non-profit sector?

Tris Lumley (Think New Philanthropy Capital) focused on what happens when user voice, collaboration and technology collide, with a particular focus on the non-profit sectors, and the role the non-profit sector plays for social good and social impact.

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How will the data economy affect work?

Beth Webster (Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research Impact and Policy, Swinburne University of Technology) views industry 4.0 as automation + data exchange + digital technologies. Beth discussed the major transformations in the workplace and the implications for workers.

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Industry & Society 4.0

Bronwyn Fox (Manufacturing Futures Research Institute, Swinburne) discusses the mindful approach to digitalisation needed to ensure a positive impact on society, enabling us to solve big problems around energy, communications and transport.

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Work in the data economy - what action is needed now to ensure good work for all?

Andrew Dettmer (Australian Manufacturers Workers Union) discussed Australia's decline in union membership, and how unions work for the aspirations of workers.

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