Shaping the Future of an Inclusive Digital Society: Professor Stefan Sorgner

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Professor Sorgner in Taipei

Prof. Stefan Lorenz Sorgner is in the first row, second from left, in between Prof. Blair Sheppard from Duke University and Dr. Chen Mei-ling, current Taiwanese Minister of the Development Council. Next to her is Pascal Lamy, former General Director of the World Trade Organization.

JCU Philosophy Professor Stefan Lorenz Sorgner was invited as one of two keynote speakers at the Global Solutions (GS) Taipei Workshop 2018 with the overarching theme “Shaping the Future of an Inclusive Digital Society,” which took place on March 28 and was co-organized by Chung-Hua Institute for Economic Research (CIER) and the Kiel Institute for the World Economy. Professor Sorgener addressed the topic “Human Flourishing, the Internet Panopticon and (Genetic) Privacy.” The second keynote speaker was Blair Sheppard, the global leader of Strategy and Leadership Development at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Professor Emeritus and Dean Emeritus of Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

One hundred invited international and local leading stakeholders from academia, business, politics, and the civil society participated in the workshop, which focused on the following two specialized topics: “Using Big Data to Support Economic and Societal Development” and “Advancing City Development for Human Well-being in the Digital Age.”

While the Workshop 2017 aimed at identifying general challenges and opportunities that new digital technologies may create, this year’s edition had a more human-centered focus, aiming at exploring adequate, human-centered, solutions to deal with opportunities and risks faced by individuals, firms, governments, and other organizations while shaping the future of an inclusive digital society. The Taiwanese Minister of the National Development Council, Dr. Mei-ling Chen, gave the opening presentation at the Workshop.

Professor Sorgner, a member of JCU’s faculty since 2016, is one of the world’s leading post- and transhumanist philosophers. He is director and co-founder of the Beyond Humanism Network, Fellow at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET), Visiting Fellow at the Ethics Centre of the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena and Research Fellow at the Ewha Institute for the Humanities at Ewha Womans University in Seoul.