This house believes that open technology and standards have widened social injustice.
Doors open at 7pm, debate starts at 8pm.
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Open technology and standards have driven a revolution in the way that information is created, consumed, shared and commented upon. From medical advice to fake news, almost anything can be found, at any time, by anyone, wherever they may be.
Many might assume that the free-flow of information has reinforced the three tenets of social justice: liberty, equality and fraternity. The Internet age has freed voices that weren’t previously heard, spread education and wealth, and brought communities together.
But is there a darker side to the information revolution that has, in fact, widened social injustice? Has it created a divide between those who control information and those who consume it; between the young who understand the new technology and the old who don’t; between the rich who have access to the latest electronic gadgets and the poor who can’t afford to get connected online.
On the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first XML standard, leading information scientists come together to debate whether their creation, and the technology that has followed, have increased liberty, equality and fraternity or have widened social injustice across the world.