Do We Really Care? Public Values and Digital Technology in the Netherlands

Date/Time
Date(s) - 21/02/2024
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Location
Spui 25

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What do the Dutch value in digital technologies? This roundtable presents the results of the first survey to explore the relation between public values, human rights, and technology design. We find that most people take measures to protect their online privacy, but also that half of the population has never heard of technical standards.

What do the Dutch value in digital technologies? In the summer of 2023, a team from the University of Amsterdam, supported by the agency I&O Research, ran a statistically representative population survey involving 2,154 people, with the goal of exploring the relation between public values, human rights, and technology design. Now the team shares the outcomes of the first national survey to focus exclusively on the relationship between public values and digital technology.

We find that most people take measures to protect their online privacy, but also that half of the Dutch people have never heard of standardization processes. And that while we care about human rights in technology, we privilege other factors when buying a new device. With the help of a range of experts, we will discuss these findings and ask what can be done to make sure society cares more about values in technology design. Commentators include, among others, Niels ten Oever (University of Amsterdam) and Douwe Schmidt (Municipality of Amsterdam).

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