We are in the midst of a great upheaval driven by computing and connectivity. The technologies we are building – that we have already embedded in almost all aspects of our lives – have the potential to change society for the greater good. They also create and magnify risks in ways we couldn’t have imagined even twenty years ago. Today, in many countries across the globe, we are grappling with information warfare, misinformation overwhelming facts, and social media undermining the good functioning of democracies.

So I want to talk to you about tech for good – about how we harness digital technology in the social sector for maximum positive impact – but already we do that in a context of great dangers and risks.

And that’s my starting point today – that each and every technology brings both opportunity and risk. As Melvin Kranzberg said: “Technology is neither good nor bad; nor is it neutral.”

Let’s see by the end whether we are optimists or pessimists. That’s a question I myself struggle with on a daily (sometimes hourly) basis.

Read the full article about digital transformation and the social sector by Tris Lumley at Think NPC.