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The idea of social justice in innovation

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Your invitation to Professor Theo Papaioannou’s Inaugural Lecture:

As The Open University celebrates its 50th anniversary, Theo Papaioannou, Professor of Politics, Innovation and Development, will deliver his inaugural lecture on the importance of applying social justice principles to the governance of technological and developmental change.

Summary

Social Justice has preoccupied political theorists for a very long time. From Plato to Locke and Hume all the way to Rawls, Young and Sen, the idea of justice has been defined as a moral and political standard of how people ought to live and relate to one another within a framework of fair institutions.

Although theories and principles of justice have been applied to govern various social and political actions, technological innovation remains a difficult area for the application of justice. This is not only because of the pace and complexity of emerging technologies but also because of perceptions of value neutrality in the innovation process. Yet innovation is a human action that is guided by both ethical norms and interests and is significant for justice. Emerging technologies create opportunities for promoting justice but at the same time they also pose risks to injustice.

In this lecture, Professor Papaioannou will discuss how social justice in non-ideal or concrete terms can be applied to innovation in an inclusive way, which takes the needs of marginalised populations into account. He will talk about emerging areas such as artificial intelligence and data ownership; and what the idea of justice in innovation means for the developing world.

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Theo Papaioannou is Professor of Politics, Innovation and Development at the OU and Director of the Institute for Innovation Generation (INNOGEN). His research uses theoretical and empirical approaches of politics and public policy to study the impact of technological innovation on international development. Professor Papaioannou’s main interests cohere around the application of social justice principles in the governance of technological and developmental change.

Event programme:

17.15 Tea/coffee on arrival
18:00 -18:40 Inaugural lecture
18:40 -19:00 Q&A
19:00 -20:00 Drinks Reception

Can't join in person? Click here to watch online (link will be available before the lecture) or watch via Facebook and post your questions during the Talk. Please do take the opportunity to have your questions answered by our speakers LIVE during the event by emailing Comms-Inaugural-Lectures@open.ac.uk;

We very much hope you will be able to attend what promises to be an inspiring event and have your say.

View other OU 50th anniversary inaugural lectures at: http://www.open.ac.uk/research/inaugural-lectures

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Do I have to be a student at the OU to attend? No, this event is open to the public.

I cannot attend on the day, will the event be recorded? Yes, a recording will be made available post event.

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Where can I contact the organiser with questions? Email: Comms-Inaugural-Lectures@open.ac.uk;

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