Brookings Blum Roundtable tackles the digital revolution

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Brookings Blum Roundtable tackles the digital revolution

Leaders in from international NGOs, the United Nations, and private firms gathered to discussed the impact of technology on development efforts. Photo: USAID (flickr)

“How do you balance the promise that the digital revolution will help raise the standard of living and quality of life of billions around the world, with the fears that our increasingly powerful technologies will lead to serious economic dislocations and not enough good jobs to go around?

"Could the economic inclusion of billions of more educated and financially empowered consumers become the engine that powers the creation of new industries and new jobs, both in emerging and developing nations?

"As the digital economy transitions into an increasingly talent-centric knowledge economy, will emerging economies be able to keep up with advanced economies?”

- Irving Wladawsky-Berger, Vice President Emeritus of IBM and Visiting Lecturer at MIT, raises challenging questions in a policy briefing for the 2015 Brookings Blum Roundtable on Global Poverty in Aspen, Colorado.

The theme for this year’s roundtable was “Disrupting development with digital technologies.” Notable participants included Mercy Corps CEO Neal Keny-Guyer, New America Foundation CEO Anne-Marie Slaughter, and Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme Helen Clark. Read additional policy briefings or follow along on Twitter (#Blum2015) to learn more about how technological advancements are changing global development.

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