Monday, November 26th, 2018

Digital Technologies, International Development and the UN

Smart Cities, the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain are some examples of the latest technological innovations that influence and affect our daily lives. Little is known about the potential that they have, to enhance the lives of the people including the poorest and most marginalized. Professor Tim Unwin, UNESCO Chair in ICT4D and a member of United Nations University – Computing and Society (UNU-CS) International Advisory Board, is a world-renowned researcher on the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for international development. He will share his knowledge and the latest insights on how digital technologies can have a powerful and positive impact on human well-being and sustainable development. UNU-CS team members will also share information about the UN, UNU-CS projects and how academic community can be involved in the work of the UN. This is the first session in the Information and Lecture Series organized by the UNU-CS. UNU-CS recently joined the City University of Macau community due to temporary relocation from their main office at Casa Silva Mendes in Guia Hill, which is currently undergoing a major renovation. Register Now Programme Opening Remarks Jingbo Huang, Assistant Director, UNU-CS Introduction about the United Nations (UN) Geneva Damayanti, Communications Officer, UNU-CS Introduction about United Nations University – Computing and Society (UNU-CS) Mamello Thinyane, Principal Research Fellow, UNU-CS Distinguished Lecture on “Digital Technologies and International Development” Professor Tim Unwin Chairholder, UNESCO Chair in ICT4D Emeritus Professor of Geography, Royal Holloway, University of London Honorary Professor, Lanzhou University, China
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Thursday, June 14th, 2018

Talk: Reflections on Advice and Information Services Work – 30 Years of Trying to Apply Technology

  SHORT BIO Gareth Morgan is the founder and Managing Director of Ferret Information Systems, a UK based company which specializes in consultancy and the development and support of applications in areas of advice provision, social welfare, and law. Ferret carries out consultancy for governments, local authorities and other organizations in areas including welfare reform, advice utilization, digital standards and related topics. Gareth Morgan is also the vice chair of the board of husITa – the Human Services Information Technology Association. husITa is an international community of interest and a registered non-profit organization with the mission to promote the ethical and effective use of information technology for human betterment. He has vast experience working in the information and advice services industry and has worked on numerous projects that have received awards for the use of information technology for service to society. He speaks and writes widely on welfare reform, social security, the practice and technology of advice work, and on the application of mobile technology, in the UK and abroad.
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time:

3PM - 3:30PM

location:
UNU-CSMacau SAR China

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

Talk: Novel Interface Modalities

Dr. Mei Kei LAI from the Macao Polytechnic Institute will visit the United Nations University Institute on Computing and Society (UNU-CS) to talk about multisensory experience research, particularly from the olfactory and gustatory experiences, and will also discuss sensory interfaces from an aesthetic perspective. An abstract of her talk along with the speaker’s bio is available below. ABSTRACT We experience the world with all our senses. Diana Ackerman once said, “when we breathe we pass the world through our bodies.” Sensory modality is the interface between the self and the world. We interact with people and the surroundings through our senses in the real world. When coming to the digital world, our interactions mainly rely on sight, hearing and touch. However, the sense of smell and taste give us vivid memory and emotion in daily life that other sensory modality hardly provide. Recently in HCI community, there has been growing interest in exploring olfactory and gustatory experiences as novel interface modalities. What are the possibilities behind when we design interaction beyond the screen through modalities? In this talk, I will introduce the recent trend of multisensory experience research, especially in the area of olfactory and gustatory experiences. I will also share how artists and designers approach sensory interface from an aesthetic perspective. SHORT BIO Mei Kei LAI is an interactive media researcher and artist. She is currently a Lecturer and Assistant Programme Coordinator of the Design Programme in the School of Arts at Macao Polytechnic Institute. She received her doctoral degree in Media Design from Keio University in Japan, and a postgraduate degree in Design for Interactive Media at Middlesex University in the United Kingdom. With a background in technology and design, she mainly focuses on exploring the possibilities of non-conventional interface design, especially olfactory interaction. Her research interest is about using smell as a medium to design playful user experience. The experiments include taking smell into the area of gameplay, exhibition and family bonding. Her works have been presented in the exhibitions and conferences in Europe and Asia, such as HCI, SIGDOC, ISEA, Digital Olfaction Society World Congress and Microwave International New Media Arts Festival.
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time:

2:30PM - 3:30PM

location:
UNU-CSMacau SAR China

Wednesday, March 14th, 2018

Cracking the Code: Empowering Rural Girls and Women Through Digital Skills

The EQUALS Partnership is co-hosting a side-event at the sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women. The event is entitled “Cracking the Code: Empowering Rural Girls and Women Through Digital Skills” and will highlight actions that can be taken to ensure that the potential of the digital revolution is realized by women and girls in all corners of the world, including in rural settings. Key experts from government, the private sector, and civil society will share examples of good practice, and participants will be invited to help craft recommendations to empower women and girls in rural areas to become users, creators, and innovators in the digital world. Registration is available at http://sgiz.mobi/s3/CSWSideEvent and live webcast will be available via UN Web TV for those who register.
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time:

10AM - 11:15AM

location:
UN HeadquartersNew YorkUnited States

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

Seminar: The Flip from Fraught to Assumed Use

As part of the Communication Seminar Series organized by the Centre for Chinese Media and Comparative Communication Research of the School of Journalism and Communication at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Dr. Juhee Kang will deliver a seminar entitled “The Flip from Fraught to Assumed Use: Mobile Communications of North Korean Women During Their Journey to South Korea”. ABSTRACT Every year hundreds of North Koreans cross the Tumen River running through the Sino-Korean border in the search for a better life elsewhere. This study examines the migratory experiences of North Korean women who flipped their home between two Koreas. In particular, it analyzes the role of mobile communications in their journey as they transposed from the world’s most digitally-disconnected society to one of the most digitally-oriented societies. Based on qualitative interviews with North Korean women settled in South Korea, the study finds their mobile use during the journey was clandestine and fraught with danger but also a critically instrumental for the escape. By contrast, in their flipped home in South Korea where not having a mobile phone is a problem, their use of mobile is structured in everyday life while it is somewhat hindered by discrimination and re-designed for their need of anonymous bridging.
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time:

11AM - 12:30PM

location:
CUHKHong Kong SAR China
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