If you were to step back and look at human history, the transition from analog to digital happened almost instantaneously. How we learn, communicate, and work happens atop a complex stack of technologies we often take for granted. Understanding this stack—and its consequences on government and society—is vital for everyone in the public service. But many of us are caught up in the next new tool or looming deadline that we’re unable to build a solid, foundational understanding of what tech is.
In this FWD50 Extras workshop, Alistair Croll lays out how today’s technology works as a set of building blocks, then dives into the implications and tradeoffs of those blocks. As an author, teacher, and public speaker, Alistair’s takes a unique, entertaining approach that makes often opaque topics clear and compelling. He solicited a list of the most vital subjects to address (the initial outreach for topics reached over 40,000 people on Twitter, yielding dozens of fundamentals to tackle.)
In this wide-ranging overview, participants will learn the basics of concepts such as:
Consequences of digital on delivery:
Broader impacts on society:
This session isn’t intended to teach such a broad set of topics, but rather, to give participants a way to think about technology upon which they can build a complete understanding of how the modern world works.
FWD50 Extras is a year-round series of events. These events include workshops, meetups, debates, and more, and are a chance to dive deeper into vital public sector topics with world-renowned experts on policy and technology.