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The Demise of the Local: Digitalization, Platforms, and Neoliberalism

Conference Room of IST Main Building (Pavilhão… |

The lecture “The Demise of the Local: Digitalization, Platforms, and Neoliberalism”, presented by Maryann P. Feldman and moderated by CEGIST member Rui Baptista will take place on June 20th 2022 at 5 pm, in the Conference Room of IST Main Building (Pavilhão Central). You can also attend the event online via Zoom.

The lecture is supported by the Department of Engineering and Management (DEG) and Centre for Management Studies of Instituto Superior Técnico (CEGIST) and organized within the scope of the “American Corners Portugal” program (American Corner @Técnico), a partnership between Instituto Superior Técnico and the US Embassy.

Technological change based on data, algorithms, and the cloud expand choices, providing access to information on a scale previously unimaginable. Increasingly this new technology is embedded in, and contributes to a widening income and opportunity distribution. Many early pundits predicted that technology would increase economic and democratic participation and spread opportunity globally. The opposite has occurred — technology shifts local human-scale and personal interactions to impersonal but highly automated and globally scalable operations. Reinforced by corporate and government policy, local agency and autonomy are eroding and, as a result, proximity effects may be dissipating.

Maryann Feldman

Speaker: Maryann P. Feldman (Heninger Distinguished Professor, Department of Public Policy, University of North Carolina & Research Director, UNC Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, Chapel Hill NC, USA).