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NEW EVENT – The Ruth Adler Memorial Lecture: Making the Digital Welfare State work for people

The application of digital technologies by governments is already transforming governance, and perhaps nowhere more so than in the welfare sector. The emergence of the digital welfare state in the UK and elsewhere should be a cause for celebration because of the immense potential that artificial intelligence, data matching, and automation have to create a better and more supportive world for those most in need in society. But experience to date points in a very different direction. The digital welfare state is often endlessly intrusive and demanding, it is rigid and heartless, and it is driven by notions of efficiency and cost-savings that have all too little to do with welfare. Can it be turned around?

Date And Time

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

18:00 – 19:30 BST


Playfair Library Old College South Bridge Edinburgh EH8 9YL

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