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Global Forum on Democracy & Technology

Inequality

As they transform business and work, digital technologies have highlighted, and can deepen, economic and social fault lines across advanced and developing economies. How can the policy agendas in democratic societies harness technology to promote inclusive economic growth? In what ways can democracies use technological changes to build inclusive prosperity and bolster regional efforts to compete in global markets? And what can democracies do to facilitate the development of digital infrastructures that are developed by democratic countries and governed in line with liberal values?

Digital Development

The world is experiencing a fast-moving, Fourth Industrial Revolution, driven by digital innovation in the use of data, information, and technology. How can the U.S. along with a range of public and private partners, seize the opportunity to reduce the digital divide between nations and people in a way that benefits inclusive economic advancement and effective government in low- and middle-income countries, while also advancing the economic and strategic interests of the United States and its partner countries?

External Publications
Building blocks for a new US posture on digital development—from bilateral response to multilateral coordination

Kay McGowan and Priya Vora examine digital policy trends that points to pathways for multilateral coordination for digital development for low- and middle-income countries

Report
Bridging the global digital divide: A platform to advance digital development in low- and middle-income countries

George Ingram and Meagan Dooley examine the benefits of digital government service adoption in developing countries.

Report
Bridging the global digital divide: A platform to advance digital development in low- and middle-income countries

George Ingram outlines how the U.S. could bridge the digital divide between nations and people in a way that also advances its economic and strategic interests.

Authors

Disruptive Innovation and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The Fourth Industrial Revolution — a broad range of innovations and disruptions reshaping the global economy — has major implications for productivity, sustainability, poverty, governance, and security. What are the drivers, challenges, and implications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution for Africa? How can this revolution accelerate growth, industrial innovation, and inclusive development on the continent?

Testimony
US trade and investment in Africa

On July 28, 2021, Landry Signé testified on U.S. trade and investment in Africa before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy.

Authors

Report
A blueprint for technology governance in the post-pandemic world

Landry Signé and Stephen Almond outline how regulatory reform offices can take a more innovation-enabling approach to regulation across government.

Report
Emerging stronger: How Africa’s policymakers can bolster their economies during and beyond the COVID-19 crisis

Acha Leke, Landry Signé, and Vera Songwe offer strategies for Africa’s policymakers to approach the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity for a “great reset” of their economies.

TechStream
The promises and perils of Africa’s digital revolution

Emerging technology is having a powerful impact on the security and stability of African states. Yet the digital revolution’s ultimate legacy will be determined not by technology, but by how it is used. African countries that take advantage of the opportunities and limit the risks inherent in emerging technology may achieve greater peace and prosperity. Yet many countries could be left behind. As the continent recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, its leaders face a choice between harnessing emerging technology to improve government effectiveness, increase transparency and foster inclusion, or as a tool of repression, division, and conflict.

Authors

Technology and Inequality

Advances in digital technologies hold great potential to boost human prosperity and welfare. But as digital technologies transform business processes and the nature of work, dynamics across product and labor markets are shifting in ways that can increase income inequality. What is the relationship between technological change and inequality? What factors are causing digital technologies to push inequality higher within economies? What do these technologies imply for inequality and economic convergence between economies? How will the next phase of digital transformation, led by AI and related new innovations, affect distributional dynamics? How can public policy promote more inclusive economic growth and development amid transformative technological change?

Blog
Gone digital: Technology diffusion in the digital era

Flavio Calvino and Chiara Criscuolo navigates the paradox of slowing productivity growth in spite of rapid technological progress and the spread of digital technologies.

Blog
Understanding the impact of automation on workers, jobs, and wages

Harry J. Holzer examines the implications of automation for workers, jobs and wages and discusses possible policy implications

Authors

Event
Growth and distribution in the digital era

On January 20, 2022, the Global Economy and Development program at Brookings, together with Korea Development Institute (KDI), hosted an online event to discuss how technology is reshaping economies and public policy agendas. Brief presentations on the books were followed by two panel discussions.

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calendar January 20, 2022
clock 07:45 AM - 10:00 AM EST
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Blog
How digital transformation is driving economic change

Zia Qureshi introduces a new book that examines the implications of the unfolding digital metamorphosis for economies and public policy agendas.

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Event
Technology, inequality, and democracy

On December 8, the Brookings Global Forum on Democracy and Technology held a panel discussion to address new technologies' effects on economic inequality and implications for democratic governance.

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calendar December 8, 2021
clock 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM EST
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TechStream
Designing digital services for equitable access

The design of digital services threatens to exacerbate inequalities in digital access.

Authors

Book
Shifting paradigms: Growth, finance, jobs, and inequality in the digital economy

Rapid technological change—likely to accelerate because of the COVID-19 pandemic—is reshaping economies and how they grow. But change also causes disruption, creates winners and losers, and produces social stress. This book examines the challenges of digital transformation and suggests how creative policies can make it more productive and inclusive.

Report
Technology, growth, and inequality: Changing dynamics in the digital era

Zia Qureshi examines the promise and challenge of digital technologies for productivity growth and inequality.

Authors

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